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Cricket Australia confirms Smith, Warner to play in India

March 8, 2019
Australia's captain Aaron Finch walks to bat in the nets during a training session ahead of their third one day international cricket match against India in Ranchi, India, Thursday, March 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Cricket Australia confirmed on Friday that Steve Smith and David Warner will play in the Indian Premier League on their return from a one-year suspension for the ball-tampering incident in South Africa last year.

Former captain Smith and opener Warner could have been eligible for the final two matches of Australia’s five-match one-day international series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

“While their bans will be finished on March 28, Steve and David have been working through rehabilitation from elbow surgery and it has been agreed the best pathway for them to return to play is in the Indian Premier League, a strong competition which features some of the world’s best players,” national selectors chief Trevor Hohns said.

“David will play with Sunrisers Hyderabad and Steve with Rajastan Royals. Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes.”

Australia, with Aaron Finch as captain, will feature an unchanged ODI side for the Pakistan series to the one that is currently playing in India.

The first match against Pakistan begins March 22 in Sharjah, U.A.E.

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