Banned Australian cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner: 'It's like we never left'

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"I'm really excited to play with him", Smith said during a live interaction on franchise's social media platform on Monday.

Smith said that his elbow was recovering well, after surgery that prompted speculation he could miss the World Cup. "It's great to be back around the group, they've been really welcoming and nearly like we've never left". They will need to cram in as much batting as possible, given they will only have two ODI warm-up games (against England and Sri Lanka) before June 1's World Cup opener against Afghanistan in Bristol.

Smith and Warner's bans for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa a year ago expire at the end of the month, and they have reconvened with the side as it prepares for an ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE.

"The boys were very accepting of us coming in with open arms and a lot of big hugs and cuddles".

"That's as big a comedown as any Australian cricketer".

The pair were banned for 12 months after the incident in South Africa.

"Making sure that we're in line with the team values moving forward", he said.

The "sandpapergate" scandal in Cape Town, which also saw opening batsman Cameron Bancroft banned for nine months, had far-reaching consequences for Australian cricket.

They met with the team and coaches in the UAE ahead of the series with Smith and Warner espected to make their worldwide returns against the Black Caps in World Cup warm-up matches in May.

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Warner and Smith reintegration into Australia's squad is being carefully managed.

"He is a quality player and it's always good to have him in your team".

Australia coach Justin Langer said it was like two brothers returning home.

"They've gone through a really tough time".

There has been speculation that Smith and Warner fronted teammates as part of an honesty session and that squad members and support staff were invited to ask whatever questions they pleased.

Australian cricket has since undergone a host of cultural changes under Langer, and Warner and Smith were brought up to speed at the meeting on how it now worked.

"Just making sure everyone's on the right path and heading in the same direction so it's been very beneficial and really good".

"They have been received really well, we had a good night together and had some great meetings today (Saturday) so it's been really positive", he said.

"I'm really excited about playing again".

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