Future excites Cummins

13 February 2019 07:28:08 EST

Pat Cummins thinks Steve Smith and David Warner will have a smooth transition back into international cricket when their suspensions end.

As vice-captain, Cummins will play a big role in helping the pair return to the squad once they are available again next month.

He says team-mates have caught up with Smith and his former vice-captain Warner over the course of their 12-month bans, which will expire on 29th March.

Their rehabilitation will come via a programme devised by Cricket Australia, who want to make sure there is no fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal which saw them - along with Cameron Bancroft - suspended from first-class and international matches.

Smith is likely to have a longer wait than Warner for his international return. Both have had elbow surgery and Warner is further on in his recovery.

Cummins says he doesn't see any problems going forward in the reintegration of the duo.

"I think it will be pretty smooth; we have all played a lot of cricket with them," he said. "It's not a surprise they are coming back, we have known it for a long time.

"I think they will come back in pretty seamlessly. There is obviously a couple of things in the works at the moment about getting them back and making sure it is smooth but they are two really good guys that have been working hard to make sure when they do come back it is really smooth for us as well."

The 25-year-old is happy to help out with welcoming Smith and Warner back in his official role.

Speaking of his vice-captaincy, he added: "It's a nice little nod but in reality it doesn't change too much, everyone is kind of a leader when they come into the Australian side."

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