Both Smith and Warner are banned from playing any international or domestic cricket for 12 months, however, they are allowed to take part in T20 leagues. They have signed up with teams for the T20 Global Canada and Warner also has a contract with Caribbean Premier League team St Lucia Stars. All this will ensure that once the ban ends in March 2019, the duo is prepared to join the team for the World Cup that gets underway in May. It’s hard to say so far out, but the quality of player they are you probably would say they are (walk-up selections),” Hussey was quoted as saying
on The Unplayable Podcast on June 21. As long as they do everything right in the lead up; they’re in good touch skills-wise, they’re in good fitness, no injury concerns and they’ve done all the right things preparation-wise and behavioural-wise as well, then you’d have to think they’d come straight back in because they’re such quality players,” he added. He is pretty sure they will return to the team if they manage to do just right in this duration away from the game. They’ve been quality players for such a long period of time, they’ve had success at the highest level and are important players for Australia. I think they probably do (return) as long as they tick all the boxes along the way,” Hussey said.