Smith, Warner set to be fit for Indian Premier League return: Langer

«Dave’s probably a little more advanced but my understanding is they’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.»

Smith posted a clip of him batting on social media late on Thursday night.

«Great to have my first hit back,» he wrote.

«The elbow is feeling good!»

Smith and Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29, meaning they’re free to play the final two games of next month’s five-match ODI series between Australia and Pakistan in the UAE.

The squad for that series is yet to be announced but the expectation is the gifted batsmen will be overlooked and instead warm up for the World Cup by taking part in India’s star-studded Twenty20 league.

David Warner (centre) at the SCG on Thursday.

David Warner (centre) at the SCG on Thursday.Credit:Steven Siewert

Despite recent speculation, Smith and Warner both remain on track to be part of Australia’s World Cup squad that must be submitted by April 23.

The next major step in their reintegration will come in Brisbane, where the World Cup squad is set to take part in a training camp in early May that will involve some practice games against New Zealand.


Langer remains in near-constant dialogue with both Smith and Warner.

«I speak to them all the time. We’re in touch all the time,» Langer said.

«Been in touch with them for the last nine months and, as it gets closer to them coming back in the squad, I’m not sure it increases — how much we speak to each other.»

Smith and Warner’s looming comebacks have created a clear sense of uncertainty regarding Australia’s likely batting order at the 50-over tournament.

Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner and D’Arcy Short are the batsmen in the current ODI squad, with two of them obviously set to make way for Smith and Warner.

«You should never assume anything when you’re playing cricket for Australia,» Langer said in India, where Australia’s five-match ODI series starts on Saturday.

«They’re not here … we’re planning to pick the best XI to win these games [rather than selecting a team with Smith and Warner’s returns in mind].»


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