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UAE return unlikely for banned pair: Finch

Steve Smith and David Warner are tracking well as they both recover from elbow surgery but the batsmen won't return for Australia later this month.

UAE return unlikely for banned pair: Finch

Steve Smith and David Warner are tracking well as they both recover from elbow surgery but the batsmen won't return for Australia later this month.

AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia.
AARON FINCH of Australia looks ahead during the Third Test match in the series between Australia and India at MCG in Melbourne, Australia. Picture:Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Aaron Finch has all but confirmed Steve Smith and David Warner won't make immediate returns when their year-long bans expire during Australia's ODI series against Pakistan.

As reported by AAP last month, Smith and Warner are instead set to return from elbow surgery during the Indian Premier League as they build towards inclusion in Australia's World Cup squad.


Smith and Warner are free to represent their country from March 29 so could have featured in the final two games of a five-match series between Australia and Pakistan in the UAE.

Langer and Cricket Australia chief executive Kevin Roberts both acknowledged during the home summer that the momentous comebacks of Smith and Warner could potentially come in the UAE.

However, the banned batsmen's injuries have seemingly ensured that scenario is no longer on the table.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure on that but I don't think that they'll play those last one or two games," Finch told reporters in Hyderabad.

Smith and Warner are set to be included in Australia's 15-man World Cup squad but Finch reiterated that nothing is certain at this stage for obvious reasons.

"They're both coming off pretty significant surgeries - elbows - which are so temperamental in our game," he said.

"They haven't played any cricket of note for a long time."

Australia are yet to name a squad for the series against Pakistan but it's expected to be very similar to the current touring party, with the most pressing question being whether Mitchell Starc will be fit.

Selectors and medicos are likely to be conservative with Starc's pec injury but the left-armer is yet to be ruled out.

Meanwhile, Justin Langer has described his pride at how Cameron Bancroft and the other Ashes contenders stood up superbly in the first Sheffield Shield round after the BBL break.

Bancroft, playing first-class cricket for the first time since serving a nine-month ban for his role in the Cape Town cheating scandal, faced a total of 621 deliveries.

Incumbent Test batsmen Marcus Harris and Kurtis Patterson posted tons last week, while Joe Burns logged scores of 60 and 80.

The Shield season continues on Sunday as the battle for spots in Australia's Ashes squad heats up.

"Really proud of Cameron Bancroft," Langer said.

"Marcus Harris ... Kurtis Patterson, Joe Burns. I'm really proud of all of them.

"That competition is so healthy and it's great, it's what we've been talking about and at times mocked for, but that's what we want.

"That's what's made Australian cricket so strong for so long."

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