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Cricket news - Finch backs Warner to dominate international cricket again

While Steve Smith's captaincy revived Rajasthan Royals' campaign, David Warner set the tournament alight with 8 half-centuries and a ton in 12 games

Steve Smith and David Warner, having served the one-year ban, arrived in Brisbane for Australia's pre-World Cup training camp that starts on Friday (May 3). The Australian ODI captain, Aaron Finch, welcomed the duo wholeheartedly and has thereby put the ball-tampering incident to rest.

Warner and Smith have completed their stints at the Indian Premier League this season, but not before the former set the tournament on fire with his batting prowess. The left-handed opening batsman, representing the Sunrisers Hyderabad, amassed a whopping 692 runs in 12 matches, including eight half-tons and a century. Finch feels that the pocket-sized dynamo is greedy for more.

Speaking to Melbourne radio station SEN on Wednesday (1 May), Finch said, "I think he (Warner) is coming back with a huge hunger, not just to perform well for his (IPL) franchise and things like that but to dominate international cricket again.

"When you have your dream taken away from you for 12 months, there would be something deep inside you that burns really strongly. He's a super player and we know how destructive he can be. I think, having that time off to spend with his family and get away from the game... yeah it was unfortunate and they served their ban and they're back."

Finch added, "But it is such an important time for everyone to embrace that and embrace them coming back into the culture."

Australia tried various options to partner Finch at the top of the order post the Newlands saga. With as many as three openers now in the squad for the multi-nation tournament including himself, Warner and Usman Khawaja, Finch is excited to re-unite with his former opening partner, the pair which opened the batting for the triumphant Australia in the 2015 world cup.

"We've had some great partnerships over the years and we've known each other for 16-17 years, so we're great friends" Finch said. "To bat with someone that you're comfortable with off the field is just as important as on the field because you get to know people's moods and mannerisms and what they're thinking - not even by talking, but just sensing it and being with them.

"Having those really close bonds out in the middle is really important because you can sense someone building up to a big shot or taking an unnecessary risk. He can sense when I'm doing that, so it's a chance to calm me down, and vice versa. And it's the same with Usman (Khawaja) and Steve (Smith) and Maxi (Glenn Maxwell) - the more you play together, the more the bonds grow."

Australia, as part of the their pre-tournament camp, will play three unofficial ODIs against New Zealand. It'll be the first time since March 2018 that the duo of Smith and Warner will be wearing Australian colours. Finch is looking forward to play alongside the two New South Welshman and also mentioned that he, as a captain, won't shy away from seeking their advice.

"I've put a lot of thought into it, with him (Smith) and Davey (Warner). I've been friends with them for a long time so there's definitely going to be no issues or anything like that.

"I'll certainly lean on them for tactics and advice out on the field, like I do with a lot of players... because they've both captained a lot of cricket and they're both very good captains on the field. That would be really naive of me not to use them."

On his predecessor (Smith), Finch told, "We're (in Brisbane) for eight days, so there'll be plenty of time to sit down for a coffee or over dinner to talk about my plan for him and how I want to use him as a resource for myself and the senior players as well," Finch said. "I've got no doubt he'll be open-minded with everything."

Australian fast bowler, Mitchell Starc, asserted that everything was 'rosy' with the duo joining the Australian squad ahead of the World Cup.

Warner and Smith had interactions in UAE with the squad and head coach Justin Langer during Australia's ODI series against Pakistan before their respective stints at the IPL. It was this meeting that played a big role in the pair getting selected for the world cup

Starc was not on the tour to UAE. However, he was part of the meeting prior to the pre-World Cup training camp which also included Cricket Australia's interim high performance manager Belinda Clark and CA leadership consultant Tim Ford in addition to Warner, Smith and Josh Hazlewood that took place on Thursday (1 May). Although Hazlewood hasn't been named in the world cup squad, the pacer will be in England during the tournament as he's been named in the Australia A squad.

The Player of the Series in the 2015 Word Cup said that the meeting didn't revolve around the ball-tampering incident. "The meeting I was involved in with Steve, Dave and Josh Hazlewood, along with Tim Ford and Belinda Clark, 95% was not about Dave and Steve and the group. It was more about where the team was going," Starc said.

"There wasn't anything spoken about those two in particular, it was more the team and what we are focussed on moving forward. I'm sure it was similar to the group meeting they had over in the UAE. We have another meeting this afternoon and I am sure it will be brought up there. But it's all rosy."

Starc, like Finch, is excited to have Warner and Smith back in the Australian fold. He hopes to see the explosive opener to carry the red-hot form into the mega event.

"I've seen some of the highlights and some of the scores and he's been on fire over there along with Steve, so that's great for him, great for the group. He's a world-class player, we're excited to have him back in the group and hopefully he can continue that form into the world cup."

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