'It's like we never left' - Smith and Warner welcomed upon return

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With the ball-tampering controversy nearing its one-year completion, Steve Smith and David Warner are set to make their comebacks ahead of ICC World Cup 2019.

The Australian duo will be available again for global selection at the end of this month, and Warne - who endured a love-hate relationship with English fans during four Ashes tours - expects spectators to remind them of their part in the plot to rub sandpaper on the ball at Cape Town a year ago. The former Test captain and vice-captain were banned from worldwide and domestic cricket for 12 months, although they have both played franchise T20 cricket during their bans.

They met with the team and coaches in the UAE ahead of the series with Smith and Warner espected to make their worldwide returns against the Black Caps in World Cup warm-up matches in May.

"There were a lot of big hugs and cuddles", Warner said.

"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". The reintegration of Smith and Warner should be fun rather than cagey.

They were not included in Australia's squad for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan but met players and staff in Dubai on Saturday.

"They're such great resources to have as a captain", Finch said.

"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".

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His Australian teammate David Warner, who is also involved in the scandal, joined his respective team.

Australian cricket has since undergone a host of cultural changes under Langer, and Warner and Smith were brought up to speed at the meeting on how it now worked.

David Warner and Steve Smith have been making sure they are aligned with some new team values.

"Hitting as many balls as I can, really, over the next week, getting myself into a good rhythm".

Smith's elbow, which required surgery two months ago, is in good condition and the 29-year-old was looking forward to heading to India for the IPL. "I love playing in India, the IPL is a terrific tournament and the elbow is tracking really well, I've been batting for the last two weeks and able to play all shots and got my power back", he said. I love the consistency that Morgan has, no matter if they play well or don't play well, it's always the same message. He's an exciting player, one of the most destructive batters around the world.

"It will be great - never got the chance to play in Jaipur with the Royals..."

"You just have to go about your own business and make sure you don't let that become a distraction".

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