Vastavam web: Former captain Steve Smith and David Warner were included in Australia’s side for an unofficial World Cup warm-up against New Zealand in Brisbane on Monday, the pair’s first international hit-out after 12-month bans for ball-tampering. Warner will bat at number three behind the opening pair of captain Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, with Smith named at four in the one-day match at Allan Border Field.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been rested for the first of three unofficial warm-ups against New Zealand. The pair, whose ball-tampering bans were lifted in late-March, rejoined their team mates for a training camp in Brisbane on Friday. They have been stripped of their leadership titles but head coach Justin Langer said on Friday they would remain important mentors in Finch’s side.