Banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner get 'awesome' welcome

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With only days of their 12-month bans remaining, Steve Smith and David Warner have joined up with the Australian squad for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town past year.

The Australian run-machine will be making a return to top-flight after serving a one-year worldwide ban for his involvement in massive ball-tampering scanadal that took place during the four-match Test series against South Africa in March last year.

After reconnecting with the national cricket squad for the first time since they were suspended, Steve Smith and Dave Warner both said it felt like they never left their team-mates.

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". 'The boys have been really accepting of us coming in, with open arms and a lot of big hugs and cuddles.

"They have played well here, they have won the last World Cup here in England, they have played in five of the last six World Cup finals, they just beat India in the T20 series and to chase 360 in India is an ominous sign for the rest of the World Cup competition".

"It's been awesome", said Warner. "Obviously being out for 12 months, there has been a big change, which is great", Warner said. They are both, I guess, the pinnacle of one-day cricket and Test cricket, for an Australian player. It was confirmed earlier that Warner, who also underwent should surgery earlier this year, would be fit and available for selection in Sunrisers Hyderabad's first game of the IPL season, on March 24. "It's a great feel, great buzz, and good energy and India always put on a good show".

Australia coach Justin Langer described the meeting as "like two brothers coming home".

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"It's pretty exciting times ahead for the team and just making sure everyone's on the right path and heading in the same direction". You add Smith and Warner back into that side and they're going to give it a shake. "Very excited for this years IPL", Smith wrote on Twitter.

"I'm really excited about playing again. I have been batting for the last two weeks, and yeah able to play all shots".

Langer was enthused by the prospect of both Smith and Warner returning to the side.

"I love going there and playing that tournament", he said.

With the two experienced players back in action this year, the franchises will expect even more from them after a year out. I love the style of cricket they play, they're very well led by Eoin Morgan, and this is the best chance they've have had in recent times.

"For them, it'll just be getting back into the rhythm of high-class cricket and I'm sure they'll get plenty out of that".

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