Canada-bound Warner to train with NSW

Rob Forsaith
David Warner will make his return to cricket in Canada's Global T20 competition

David Warner will take his first steps toward cricketing redemption at pre-season training with NSW before making an on-field comeback in Canada.

Warner and Steve Smith were among the players snapped up in Sunday's inaugural draft for the Global T20 Canada, a tournament that will be hosted entirely at a ground on the outskirts of Toronto.

The Twenty20 event, which runs June 28-July 15, will be Warner and Smith's first taste of competitive cricket since the cheating scandal in Cape Town.

Warner and Smith, both striped of their leadership positions and estimated to have lost at least $5 million each in sponsorship and playing contracts, remain banned from international cricket until March.

The suspensions also cover domestic T20, one-day and first-class cricket in Australia but the disgraced duo, along with Cameron Bancroft, are free to play in leagues around the world.

Warner is set to hit the track, gym and nets this month during some sessions with NSW, who returned to work on Monday following their off-season break.

"Thanks to the Winnipeg Hawks for selecting me to play in what will be a really competitive tournament. Prep steps up this week in the nets," Warner posted on Twitter.

There could potentially be some awkward SCG catch-ups for the opener, who declared earlier this year he will do everything he can to "earn back the respect of the Australian public".

Test quicks Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will soon ramp up their rehabilitation from injuries in Sydney.

Warner's relationship with his Test teammates was strained during the ball-tampering scandal and ensuing fallout, in which Cricket Australia (CA) fingered the 31-year-old as the architect of a premeditated plan to cheat by using sandpaper to scuff the ball.

However, new captain Tim Paine has repeatedly rubbished claims that members of the team told CA they never wanted to play in the same XI as Warner again.

"David is a respected member of that team, he always has been," Paine said last month.

"There's a side of David that people don't know -- he's very loyal and really caring and a good team man to have around."

Warner will travel to Darwin after his T20 stint in Toronto, having already signed up to play a couple of one-day games in the NT's Strike League.

Smith is, at this stage, expected to continue training privately before playing T20 cricket with the Toronto Nationals in Canada.

Warner and Smith have both agreed to play grade cricket in Sydney this summer, when they will represent Randwick-Petersham and Sutherland respectively.

Pakistan pace icon Waqar Younis will coach Warner at Winnipeg, while Smith's Nationals are being mentored by former West Indies coach Phil Simmons.

Warner's new teammates include compatriot Ben McDermott, who made headlines last year with a spectacular Big Bash League century for Hobart, West Indies stars Dwayne Bravo and Darren Bravo plus South African slugger David Miller.

Smith will play alongside West Indies veterans Darren Sammy and Kieron Pollard in Canada.