Australia recall duo

15 April 2019 03:11:10 EST

Former Australia leadership duo Steve Smith and David Warner have been recalled for this summer's World Cup.

As expected, both were named in Australia's 15-man squad following the expiration of their 12-month bans along with two bowlers on the injury comeback trail - Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson.

"We'd like to congratulate the players selected to represent Australia at the upcoming World Cup. It is a huge honour and I know this squad is focused on playing a brand of cricket which can help us in our ambition to win another World Cup title," said Australia's chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns.

"We have been extremely pleased with how the ODI squad has been building over the past six months, including the recent series wins in India and against Pakistan in the UAE.

"Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world-class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL.

"Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have both been named subject to fitness. The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on 1st June.

"Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15."

Those omitted include Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson plus Ashes hopeful Josh Hazlewood.

Australia are 3/1 to win the World Cup and 7/4 to win this summer's Ashes Series outright.

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