Their returns to cricket may not have been in the most tremendous fashion, but for Steve Smith and David Warner it was a huge step forward after what went down in South Africa 4 months ago. Next up for the Australian pair is the Caribbean Premiere League, arguably one of the most colourful & entertaining T20 tournaments going around which should benefit both Smith and Warner.
Coming off stints in the Global T20 Canada competition, it’s fair to say the dynamic duo didn’t reach any great heights for their respective teams, but Smith did mention that playing in the tournament was part of his rehab which must have done his confidence a world of good. They’ve been to hell and back over these past four months, being heavily scrutinized by the tabloids, former players and the general public which would have taken its toll on both Smith and Warner. Finally able to pick up a bat and start competing competitively again, these types of tournaments should start to heal both players mental scars which hopefully disappear completely by the time they’re eligible to represent Australia again (if that is the case).
Switching the focus to the CPL now, it’s been confirmed that Steve Smith will represent the Barbados Tridents, while David Warner has been signed by the St Lucia Stars. Smith will play alongside the likes of South African batting supremo Hashim Amla and the hard hitting Martin Guptill from New Zealand making the Tridents batting line-up a force to be reckoned with. Warner is amongst some of the best local talent going around with the bat, he’ll line-up alongside Lendl Simmons, Andre Fletcher, Kieron Pollard and Darren Sammy in a potential all-out sloggathon.
Smith and Warner should not be seen as “pity-signings”, simply because they bring so much to the table in terms of skillful stroke play and excitement. This could potentially be the most highly-anticipated CPL since its inaugural season in 2013 thanks to the two of Smith & Warner who are still viewed by many as Australia’s best two current day batsmen in the country despite their temporary playing statuses.