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Smith, Warner return for Australia's World Cup tilt

17 April 2019

"Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL", he said. "Knowing them both personally as I do, I don't think there will be any issues whatsoever".

All the top order have been firing, and it is Handscomb who is the fall guy despite averaging 43 in 13 games this year.

Opener Usman Khawaja, player-of-the-series in Australia's ODI series victory in India last month, was picked but may have to bat lower with Warner likely to partner Finch at the top.

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"Our key criteria focused on selecting a pool of players who are going to help us in our ambition to win the upcoming World Cup and Ashes Series in England, and who can also play the various formats over the course of the Australian summer", he added. Aaron Finch will lead the team, which will have Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis as the all-rounders.

"There's so much flexibility in our order and there will be a lot of options", said Finch.

Both Smith and Warner will get a chance to practise with the team ahead of the World Cup during a training camp in Brisbane with three unofficial one-day games against New Zealand. Pat Cummins is named as the vice-captain of the side.

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Meanwhile Langer was also confident on the fitness of Jhye Richardson, who dislocated his shoulder last month but is on track to play in the World Cup after being selected.

Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are the five pacers in the line-up, while Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa will take care of the spin department.

"Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson have made way for the above inclusions, but all three have been included in the Australia A squad for the tour of England". Chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns confirmed on Monday that Josh Hazlewood, whose back injury and lack of cricket ruled him out of the initial squad, and Kane Richardson were the first-choice reserve quicks if required. Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt. The seamer hasn't played a one-dayer for Australia since November due to a back injury, but has still been one of the team's best bowlers for the past two years.

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Australia "A" four-day: Tim Paine (captain), Marcus Harris, Kurtis Patterson, Will Pucovski, Travis Head, Peter Handscomb, Matthew Wade, Mitch Marsh, Michael Neser, Jon Holland, James Pattinson, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Tremain.

Smith, Warner return for Australia's World Cup tilt