SYDNEY: Steve Smith and David Warner were Friday left out of Australia´s one-day squad for the series against Pakistan despite being eligible for the final two games after their ball-tampering bans expire.
Selector Trevor Hohns said it had been decided they would be better served playing their way back into contention at the Indian Premier League.
“Cricket Australia will continue to liaise with both Steve, David and their IPL clubs to monitor progress as we build towards the ICC World Cup and the Ashes,” he said.
Pakistan and Australia will play an ODI series in the United Arab Emirates with the series opener in Sharjah on March 22 and the last match in Dubai on March 31.
The series is part of both sides’ ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 preparations, where Australia will defend the title. Both the sides will square off against each other in Taunton on June 12.