Australia head coach Justin Langer has lent his support behind the suspended trio of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, saying that they will be welcomed back to the Australia set-up if they are well-turned in fulfilling all the conditions of the game.
Langer further went on to insist that the trio will be certainly part of their World Cup 2019 and upcoming Ashes campaigns if "Australian environment’s right and they’re playing well".
On September 26, Langer told podcast The Howie Games, “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 the Ashes next summer. 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.”
While describing Bancroft as the ‘heartbeat’ of Western Australia, the Coach added, “Cameron is as elite a professional as anyone I’ve ever met. He was the heartbeat of Western Australia and from all accounts, (and) talking to Darren Lehmann, he was the heartbeat of the Australian team.”
Meanwhile, Langer said that Warner was being hailed as a great leader, saying: “He’d played every single game of cricket. He’d play Test, ODI, T20, IPL, cricket all year round.”
He also lauded former Australian skipper Smith, saying he is one of the most committed cricketers and nicest people in the world. Langer signed off by saying, “Steve Smith is one of the nicest people you will ever meet in your life. He’s also a complete cricket tragic. He’s a ripping young bloke. And what a player! As committed to batting and being great as anyone you’ll ever meet.”