Steve Smith could miss out on Australia team for Cricket World Cup

Mitchell Starc has taken his first 10-wicket haul on Australian soil. Pic GettyMore

Mitchell Starc has taken his first 10-wicket haul on Australian soil. Pic GettyMore

The former Australia captain was banned from worldwide cricket for a year after the ball-tampering scandal in the third Test against South Africa last March.

This is where things went further south for the cricketer as he aggravated an old elbow injury.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith, whose ban in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal is due to end by March, may miss out on the ICC World Cup beginning May.

"We spoke at the start of the summer that our main priority was to win back the respect of our Australian public and cricket fans".

Cameron Bancroft, who carried out the ball-tampering with sandpaper concealed in his pants, has returned to domestic cricket in Australia after serving a nine-month suspension.

"We are working with Steve to ensure he is ready to return to play as soon as practical", quoted a CA spokesperson as saying. "(It's about) how much cricket they get to play between now and then, but I'm sure we'll find opportunities", he said.

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Pat Cummins has emerged as a key player for the Baggy Greens since cementing his place in the team during the last Ashes, rising to third in the Test bowling rankings.

Smith, 29, has made 23 centuries in 64 Tests and would be available for selection from March 29 but it is unlikely that he will make an immediate return. In this regard, coach Justin Langer said it would be "crazy" to leave them out.

Langer said that while they are great players who would be a shoo-in for the World Cup squad, he would like Warner and Smith to have enough match time before the big tournament. "We're not talking about two really good players, they're two great players who, on paper, we'd be insane not to have them in the team (for the World Cup)", Langer said after the Test team's win in Canberra.

Coach Langer, who will prepare sides for both the World Cup defence and Ashes tour over the next few months, said the timing of their worldwide returns would depend both on the injuries and also on how much cricket they were able to play. "They're going to need to get some cricket leading into hopefully coming back into the squad". It's all part of the management.

'Look, I see us going to the Ashes and them having a huge part in us winning the series.

While it may seem straightforward to pick Smith in the World Cup team, it is not that simple from the Australian perspective.

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