Australian coach Justin Langer expects banned trio to be back for WC 2019, Ashes series next year

Australia will play Pakistan in their next big assignment.

The trio is expected to make a comeback in the World Cup next year.

Australian coach Justin Langer expects the banned trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to be available for the World  Cup and Ashes campaigns next year.  Smith and Warner's suspension period is expected to end just before the World Cup and Langer believes there is no reason why they should not be available for the two events. 

Speaking on Mark Howard's podcast The Howie Games this week, Langer said he had no doubt that the pair, alongside Bancroft, could return to the Australian set-up for a long campaign in England in 2019. 

"If our environment's right and they're playing well, there's no reason they shouldn't be welcomed back in to help us win the World Cup and help us win the Ashes next summer," Langer said.

"If we can have an environment of great young leaders and welcome those guys back, we can be a real force and perhaps a team that's smiling a lot more than the team was before it happened."

Langer expressed his admiration for the trio, expanding on the characteristics he believes each would bring to the Australian side. 

"Steve Smith is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. He's also a complete cricket tragic," Langer said. 

"He's a ripping young bloke. And what a player. As committed to batting and being great as anyone you'll ever meet".

"Cameron is as elite a professional as anyone I've ever met. He was the heartbeat of Western Australia and from all accounts, talking to Darren Lehmann, he was the heartbeat of the Australian team. "

"He is that tough, he would literally cut his legs off to play cricket for Australia. He is that sort of character that you love to have around the place.

"Davey's the marathon man of Australian cricket, people don't remember that. He'd played every single game of cricket. He'd play Test, One Day, T20, IPL, cricket all year round."

The ball tampering incident left a deep scar in Australian cricket which will be remembered for ages to come. This team now under Tim Paine will look for a new beginning as they take on Pakistan in their next big assignment in the UAE. 

(Inputs from Cricket Australia)


By Anshuman Roy - 21 Sep, 2018

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