Steve Smith, David Warner face World Cup test in IPL

Steve Smith left and David Warner have linked back up with their Australia team-mates ahead of their bans being lifted

Having broken the ice over beers in Dubai, Aaron Finch believes Australia can ensure Steve Smith and David Warner's return doesn't become a distraction at the World Cup.

Australia captain Smith and his deputy Warner were both given 12-month suspensions last March from state and worldwide fixtures for their roles in an infamous ball-tampering scandal. The former Test captain and vice-captain were banned from global and domestic cricket for 12 months, although they have both played franchise T20 cricket during their bans. "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. I'm really excited to be playing with him and hopefully learn something off him as well", Smith said.

Warner added: "There's been a big change, which is great, and it's about accepting that and playing what our role in the team should be moving forward". 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.

"What's important is they're really keen to slot back into how this current side works. their respect for the group and everything was fantastic".

Steve Smith here bowling during Sydney Sixers training a few days before Christmas said he feels there's good energy in the group

"Brothers leave home for different reasons in families so it's nice to have them back in there, they've been received really well, we had a good night together last night, we had some great meetings today so it's been really positive", Langer said. "Spirits are really high", Smith said.

There has been speculation that Smith and Warner fronted teammates as part of an honesty session and that squad members and support staff were invited to ask whatever questions they pleased.

Steve Smith and David Warner did not feature in last year's Indian Premier League. "I always knew how good Jos was, but I don't think he realised how good he was", Warne said.

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

"Playing alongside Buttler will be great, batting with him makes things easier for me". I think they'll just be excited to get out and play and they'll be determined to show how much they've missed the game and how good they are, and that could rub off on the team and take the team with them. This is the best chance England have got I've seen in recent times. "I'd love to be involved in both for sure". I wasn't just a leader of the group trying to pump someone's tyres up to make them play well and give them confidence.

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