'They've done everything': Smith, Warner fears hit for six

Selectors and players have brushed off any concerns that the return of David Warner and Steve Smith could destabilise Australia’s Cricket World Cup campaign.

Smith and Warner are returning to a changed Australian cricket team, where hard heads will ensure their comebacks go smoothly.

As expected, the two stars were named on Monday in the Aussies’ World Cup squad.

The one-day tournament will be their first Australian games since the end of their 12-month bans stemming from the South African ball tampering scandal.

Chief selector Trevor Hohns and one-day captain Aaron Finch are confident there will be no problems when the star pair are back in the team.

Warner and Smith were named in Australia’s World Cup squad. Pic: Getty

Smith and Warner met with the one-day squad in Dubai last month to help prepare for their returns and Hohns said that was part of a process that has been going on for two or three months.

“There have been a lot of people speaking to them from Cricket Australia,” Hohns said.

“I’m quite comfortable and quite confident that they know what is expected and they know the environment they are stepping into which is quite different to when they left.”

Hohns was asked about the potential for the returns of Smith and Warner disrupting the team environment.

“There are enough hard-nosed people around the Australian cricket team to make sure it does (successfully) happen,” he said.

Finch similarly predicts no problems with having Smith and Warner in the side, saying they were fantastic in Dubai.

Finch has hailed Warner and Smith’s selection in Australia’s squad. Pic: Getty

“As far as I’m concerned, they’ve done everything they’ve been asked in this last 12 months,” Finch said.

“They were very good around the group and continuing to do everything they can, that’s in the best interests of the side, and that’s a real key.

“Knowing them both personally as well as I do, I don’t think that will be any kind of issue whatsoever.

“They’re both great guys and I can’t see there being any kinds of issues.”

Hohns also is confident that Smith and Warner will cope with the inevitable heckling from the English crowds.

“Probably going to England there will certainly be a little bit of aggro,” Hohns said.

“I’m sure everyone expects that, particularly the two players themselves. The team will come in for a bit of heckling I would say.”

AUSTRALIA’S 15-MAN WORLD CUP SQUAD: Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.