Smith, Warner return for Sri Lanka T20I series

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25 Oct 2019 | 07:23 AM
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Smith, Warner return for Sri Lanka T20I series

Cummins and Starc spearhead the bowling attack, backed up by Tye, Richardson and Stanlake

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Steve Smith and David Warner return to the short format in the first of Australia’s three games against a buoyant Sri Lanka, with both tipped for next year’s Twenty20 World Cup at home. 

The star batsmen were both banned for a year for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal but have rejoined their country’s Test, one-day and now T20 sides. 

Despite their success in other formats, Australia have never won a T20 World Cup, with a 2010 final appearance their best showing. 

The competition gets underway Down Under next October and selectors are banking on the same 14 picked to play Sri Lanka forming the bulk of their side. 

“We have looked to put a squad together that we think can take us through to that tournament,” said national selector Trevor Hohns. 

“The squad we have selected is quite role specific and we believe it gives us the flexibility to thrive in all match conditions.” 

Aaron Finch retains the captaincy, with Smith still barred from holding any leadership role until the end of March for his part on trying to alter the ball with sandpaper in South Africa last year. 

Australia will be heavily relying on the widely acclaimed batsman after his incredible exploits on his return to the game in the recent Ashes series against England. 

Warner flopped in the those five Tests but is Australia’s highest ever T20 run-scorer. He is set to open the innings with Finch, before Smith comes in at first drop. 

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc spearhead the bowling attack, backed up by Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake. 

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Turner, Andrew Tye, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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