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England vs Australia 2019 Ashes series: Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft selected in 17-man squad

The three-men involved in the sandpaper ball-tampering scandal have all been selected in the Australia squad for the Ashes series this summer.

Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft all served suspensions for the plot in a Test match against South Africa in March 2018.

It is the first time the trio have been selected for the Australia Test squad since their bans.

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Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith address the media after admitting to ball-tampering

Bancroft is returning to international cricket for the first time since TV cameras picked up him roughing up the ball in the match in Cape Town and he was suspended for nine months.

Smith and Warner were given year-long bans but featured in the World Cup squad as they were knocked out by England in the semi-final.

National selector Trevor Hohns said: “David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft have forced their way back into the Test squad through the excellence of their recent performances.

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“David and Steve also have the advantage of being proven players at Test level while Cameron has produced impressive numbers for county side Durham this season.

“His innings in the intra-squad match in Southampton on a tough pitch was outstanding and showed his quality.”


There are recalls for fast bowlers James Pattinson and Peter Siddle while Josh Hazlewood is back in the squad following his recent back injury.

Batsman-wicketkeeper Matthew Wade is also named in the 17-man squad after two years away from the Test arena, having scored a stack of recent runs, including a century against England Lions last week.

The first match of the five Test Ashes series starts next Thursday at Edgbaston.

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