Former Australian Cricket captain, Michael Clarke feels discarded duo of David Warner and Steven Smith will hit back form instantly on their return to the senior team. They are currently serving a 12-month ban. Warner and Smith were banned after they were found to be guilty in Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Cameron Bancroft had carried out the task of tampering with the ball but he has already served his nine-month ban and is back to the cricket field.
Both Smith and Warner will be eligible to play from March 29 onwards. Clarke reckons there’s no doubt that the duo would hit gold on their return.
For Australian cricket there’s absolutely no doubt we need them back,” Clarke told Fox Sports News. “They deserve to come back because they’ve done their crime, they’ve suffered their time. They’ll scores runs, there is no doubt about (it). They’ll walk back into that team and perform straight away.”
Clarke, however, cautioned people not to think that these two would put everything on track for Australia. “We’re putting a lot of expectations and a lot of pressure on Steve Smith and David Warner to come back (and) all of our problems will be fixed when they come back. The reality is we have got to No.5 in the world with Smith and Warner in the team. Sports teams are a lot bigger than one or two players,” he said.