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NEIL MANTHORP: Fascinating time for Aussies with the return of prodigal pair Steve Smith and David Warner
Back in the squad after serving a 12-month ban for ball tampering, the players dealt with the setback differently — and separately
Personal relationships within a sports team have been analysed and discussed for hundreds of years with the more tense and unhappy ones being of most interest, especially within the confines of a successful team. There are countless examples of the maverick genius polarising opinion and scoring goals in equal measure, the star player who wins games and makes enemies out of friends, who splits the change room. Or can if allowed to. The Australian cricket team is facing a fascinating time with the reintegration of former captain and vice-captain Steve Smith and David Warner ahead of a four-month summer in England that includes the World Cup and a five-Test Ashes series. First of all, there is the relationship between the two and how it has developed — or not — during their 12-month ban following the Newlands ball-sandpapering episode. Both Sydney-based, the two batsmen practised and used the gym at the SCG. Staff say the few times they were together were purely coincidental. They were...