Steve Smith and David Warner impress in their first game back
David Warner and Steve Smith made their return to the Australian cricket team on Monday after serving a one year suspension for ball tampering against South Africa back in March of 2018.
They faced New Zealand in a warm up match in Brisbane ready for the upcoming World Cup in England, with Warner scoring a quick 39 runs off 43 balls and Smith managing 22.
Warner was seen to be in an unusual batting position as he came in to bat at three with hitting a six and six fours after top edging the ball and getting caught in the inner circle.
Smith also made a steady 22 before getting dismissed by Tom Latham, both Australian players have fit right back into the sport since their ban as both featured in the IPL with Warner top scoring and now both being selected for the Cricket World Cup later this year.
Australia will be looking to defend their World Cup crown after they won in 2015 with Smith being their star player as he scored a 100 in the semi finals and also hitting the winning runs in the final.
The duo will play a warm up game against England before they start the CWC campaign, with question marks still being raised as where will they fit into a strong and confident Australian team.
Cricketers who got banned by their countries but were still able to succeed in the sport:
The 2010 spot fixing scandal by the Pakistani cricketers- Mohammed Amir
Mohammed Amir was only 18 when he was convicted for match fixing and received a five year ban, he later got back into the team and has won a Champions Trophy and is one of the sports best bowlers.
His counterparts Mohammed Asif and Salman Butt have never played for the country ever since who also received five years.
Marlon Samuels West Indian cricketer who was banned for two years for passing on team information:
Marlon Samuels was banned for two years but was able to come back and win two T20 World Cups, more than any other cricketer from a different country and was named man of the match for both of the finals.
Also managed to get into the CWC 2015 and is a key player for the West Indies till this day.
Herschelle Gibbs was banned for six months after agreeing to under perform in 2001:
Gibbs received a suspension alongside his captain Hansie Cronje who was never able to be be the same player and the incident finished his career.
Gibbs though came back and in the 2007 CWC he hit six sixes and was able to pile up 14,000 runs for his country throughout his career.
He still is one of the best batsmen South Africa have ever produced statistically and
also one of the best fielders the game has seen.