Tim Paine Positive About the Return of Smith and Warner in Ashes
Tim Paine, Captain of the Australian national side has said that the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner will play a major role in the upcoming Ashes against England.
Then captain Smith and vice-captain Warner were banned for ball-tampering in South Africa in March 2018. Their bans uplift next month, and both are thus expected to return to national side pretty soon.
“I see us going to the Ashes and them having a huge part in us winning the series,” said Tim Paine. “We know how good they are and hopefully once their bans are up, they’ll be welcomed back. Those two have got plenty of runs in the bank,” he added.
Australia’s performance has been topsy-turvy against the big guns of international cricket in the past year. However, they wrapped up a 2-0 series win against Sri Lanka on Monday, to somewhat swing the momentum back their way.
England, on the other hand, is going through a rough phase and are 2-0 down in a three-match series against the West Indies. The team suffered a compressive loss to the Caribbean’s by 10 wickets in their last match.
“What we have seen over this summer is we are starting to build a squad with plenty of depth. There’s probably anywhere between 16 and 25 players we think are now in the mix, which is a really good place to be,” Tim Paine said.
Australia’s down under begins on August 1 with the first of five test matches to be played at Edgbaston. Aussie’s have won the Ashes on 33 occasions compared to England’s 32, and would eye another series win against their arch-rivals.
Before Ashes, Australia’s one-day team that is likely to call Smith and Warner, would look to defend the World Cup trophy they won in 2015. The tournament is scheduled from 30 May to 14 July, also to be played in England.
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