The controversial Australian Duo of David Warner and Steve Smith are back in the dressing room and looking forward to collect some points in their bags before World Cup 2019. This year’s IPL will be a test for the cricketers before the World Cup as both of them have not played any big level cricket tournament for one year. “If they don’t have a good IPL, then there will be a few more question marks regarding their names,” said former skipper of Australian Cricket Team Ricky Ponting. The glitzy cricket event is expected to end by May 12 which means that Warner and Smith both have less than a month to prepare for 50-over World Cup in England on May 30.

Warner and Smith were involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test match against South Africa at Cape Town in 2018 after which they were banned by Australian Cricket Board for 12 months. After their ban from international matches, the governing body of Indian Premier League (IPL) decided not to include the duo in last year’s edition in 2018.

The duo has recently participated in Bangladesh Premier League 2019 but unfortunately were ruled out from the tournament after serious elbow injuries and now when they have recovered both are curious to perform well in the IPL 2019 so that they could be noticed by Australian selectors for World Cup.
Steve Smith has returned to his Jaipur-based franchise Rajasthan Royals (RR) after the hiatus of last year while David Warner joined Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The 2016 title winners Sunrisers Hyderabad will play their first match of IPL 2019 on March 24 against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Kolkata. On the Other side, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will play their opening match of this season on March 25 at home ground in Jaipur against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). IPL is a potential breeding ground for young performers from all the eight franchises of IPL eyeing on their berths in big level matches.

“Players should ‘enjoy’ the IPL but that their workload would be ‘monitored’. Everyone knows that no one wants to miss the World Cup and cost the team good balance,” said skipper of Indian Cricket Team and Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise.