Banned Australian duo, Steven Smith and David Warner, who cannot take part in the domestic or international cricket right now, are currently getting some consolation practising in the nets of Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). Meanwhile, Smith and Warner have lived in Sydney throughout their entire careers. Since their return from the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), they have not spoken to the media. Furthermore, they have been irregularly accepting Blues coach Phil Jaques‘ invitation to training with the state squad at the SCG.
“They’ve been coming and going … it’s been purely around helping them get ready to play,” Jaques told AAP.
In addition, Jaques added Steven Smith and David Warner are the critical components for the current Australian set-up. The management will try to help the duo to keep them in touch with cricket.
“And just to be there for them. There’s been no pressure on. They’re very welcome and we love having them … it’s a great thing to have that experience around and we want to help them any way we possibly can to stay engaged with the game.” he added.
Steven Smith and David Warner have represented the Baggy Greens in 64 and 74 Test matches, respectively. Furthermore, they are also guiding the young guns at New South Wales Club.
“I’ve seen a few good conversations. That happens organically when you have people like them around,” Jaques said.
Meanwhile, there have been a lot of speculations over the bans meted out to them. While some felt it was right to keep the game safe while others felt the punishment was too harsh.
Most recently, Shane Warne and Shane Watson came in public to admit that Steven Smith and David Warner’s punishment was too harsh. In addition to that, several members of the Test and NSW squads have the same opinion. Meanwhile, former national coach Darren Lehmann also admitted he would love to see them available for domestic cricket.