Smith and Warner were men of few words when they broke bread with the Australian squad in Dubai. The former Test captain and vice-captain were banned from worldwide and domestic cricket for 12 months, although they have both played franchise T20 cricket during their bans.
A week after Australia completed a dramatic series victory in India by winning their final three matches, ending a dismal run of 22 defeats in 26 completed one-day internationals, Shane Warne believes the team are once again striking fear into opponents and can be spurred to World Cup glory by the reintegration of David Warner and Steve Smith.
Smith, who has played two seasons for the Rajasthan Royals in the past and led them in 2015, said he is excited to play alongside the prolific wicketkeeper-batsman as he makes things easy in the middle. "It's great to be back around the group, they've been really welcoming and nearly like we've never left".
Smith's Australian teammate David Warner, who was also involved in the scandal, joined his respective team.
"Just making sure everyone's on the right path and heading in the same direction so it's been very beneficial and really good". "Obviously (we've) been out for 12 months and there has been a big change, which is great, and it's about accepting that and playing what our role should be in the team".
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Some of them, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.), just seemed like tributes to the deceased lawmaker. John McCain , saying that he gave the longtime lawmaker "the kind of funeral he wanted" and "I didn't get a thank you".
"Hitting as many balls as I can, really, over the next week, getting myself into a good rhythm".
"The elbow is tracking really well, I've been batting for the last two weeks, I'm able to play all shots and I've got my power back".
"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.
One-year into the incident, Warner and Smith are all set to return to the cricket pitch in an official manner with the IPL.
Punjab spent big in the player auctions, snapping up little-known Indian spinner Varun Chakravarthy for $1.2 million - making him the top buy along with Indian paceman Jaydev Unadkat, who went to the Royals.
"The IPL is going to be a really important time for both of the boys because it gives them an opportunity to play some competitive cricket again, to hit a lot of balls, to get the feel of the game again. He's an exciting player and one of the most destructive batters around the world", Smith said during a live interaction on the franchise's social media platform.