Sydney — Steve Smith and David Warner’s year-long exile has likely left them hungrier than before and their return can spark Australia to World Cup glory, Test great Shane Warne said on Wednesday. The star pair’s ban from state and international cricket for ball-tampering expires later in March and they are expected to be rushed back into the Australian side for the defence of their title at the showpiece tournament in England in 2019. Both players have recently undergone elbow surgery and the great unknown is how they will perform back on the world stage, particularly in what is sure to be a hostile atmosphere in England. But Warne has no doubt they will be as good as before, benefiting from the break rather than their skills being blunted. He is talking from experience. Warne was suspended in 2003 for a year after testing positive to banned diuretic drugs. Many wrote him off, but the leg-spinning legend quickly bounced back and enjoyed several more years playing at the highest lev...

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