Steve Smith and David Warner have been left out of Australia’s squad for the one-day international series against Pakistan this month.
The five-match series will take place in the United Arab Emirates and the duo would have been available to play in the final two games of the tour as their year-long bans for ball-tampering against South Africa are set to expire on March 28.
Both players are also making their way back to full fitness following respective elbow injuries and selector Trevor Hohns has now confirmed the decision has been made for the duo to sit out the series and instead regain their fitness by playing in the Indian Premier League.
Hohns revealed: “The best pathway for their return was to play in 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.”
This season’s IPL is due to get underway on March 23, with Smith set to represent the Rajasthan Royals, while Warner playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Smith and Warner’s international returns now look set to come when Australia take on England in a World Cup warm-up on May 25.
Australia will also take on Sri Lanka as part of their World Cup preparations before their opening match of the tournament against Afghanistan on June 1.
After the World Cup there is the small matter of Australia’s defence of the Ashes, with the first Test of that series due to get under way at Edgbaston on August 1.
Australia squad to face Pakistan: Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa
First ODI: March 22 1100 GMT at Sharjah
Second ODI: March 24 1100 GMT at Sharjah
Third ODI: March 27 1100 GMT at Abu Dhabi
Fourth ODI: March 29 1100 GMT at Dubai
Fifth ODI, March 31 1200 BST at Dubai
We suspect both England and Australia got what they really came for this summer.
Calls for a super over to decide the Ashes have sadly been ignored.
A truly remarkable summer for English cricket concluded at the Oval.
Water fell from the sky in large quantities.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
England secured a 2-2 series draw with victory at the Oval.