Published: Wed, March 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

'It's like we never left' - Smith and Warner welcomed upon return

'It's like we never left' - Smith and Warner welcomed upon return

"He's an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world", Smith said during a live interaction on the franchise's social media platform.

"They're excited and because they're so excited, their hunger for playing well, to make a lot of runs, to help the Australian cricket team be successful, as a coach when you've got two guys with as many runs and experience that they've got coming back into a team that is playing well - that's pretty exciting".

David Warner, the former Australia vice-captain who also served the ban that was imposed in connection with the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last March, is also set to play the IPL and he will be donning the orange kit of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

"The boys have been very accepting of us coming in, with open arms".

Since the drama of Cape Town, the Australian men's cricket team has been on a mission to rebuild its image and to do away with the win-at-all-costs culture that inquests say directly led to the cheating scandal.

"It's making sure that we are aligned with the team values moving forward". "It's about accepting that and playing what our role should be in the team moving forward".

The 35-year-old, at risk of failing to make Australia's World Cup squad because of Smith and Warner's return, insisted it was "really great to have them back around the group". "Everything's on the right track".

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"The elbow is tracking really well, I've been batting for the last two weeks, I'm able to play all shots and I've got my power back".

Warner and Smith reintegration into Australia's squad is being carefully managed.

Langer, who has been vocal in championing their return, said it was like "two brothers coming home".

But with the IPL beckoning, both men said they were fit and excited to return to the big time ahead of what is a jam-packed worldwide schedule. He said that he was pleased to see Smith and Warner welcomed back after their suspensions.

Australian cricket has since undergone a host of cultural changes under Langer, and Warner and Smith were brought up to speed at the meeting on how it now worked.

"They have been received really well, we had a good night together and had some great meetings today (Saturday) so it's been really positive", he said.

"The way Australia are playing at the moment, I wouldn't write them off and I think they can win the World Cup".

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