Warner and Smith to feature against WI on Wednesday

Rajdeep Saha

Warner and Smith to feature against WI on Wednesday

21 May 2019: Warner and Smith to feature against WI on Wednesday

Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner will be the cynosure of all eyes, when their side takes on West Indies in a warm-up encounter on Wednesday.

This is an important time in terms of preparations ahead off the ICC World Cup 2019.

They are set to make their first appearances on UK soil since their ball-tampering bans.

Here's more.

Form: Warner and Smith will look to build on current form

Warner was seen in supreme form in the Indian Premier League 2019.

He won the Orange Cap for scoring the most number of runs.

Smith also looked in good touch in IPL 12. He then showed his class in the warm-up encounters against New Zealand XI.

The two players will hope to come good against the Windies in Hampshire on Wednesday.

Reception: Smith and Warner will face a hostile reception

Smith and Warner are set to face a hostile reception from the crowds.

It remains to be seen how Wednesday pans out.

England cricketer Moeen Ali urged fans not to get too personal with them.

"I really hope they don't get too much stick. I want them to enjoy the series. If you have to, keep it funny, not personal," Ali told The Guardian.

Agreement: Australia agree to play against WI

Aussies were supposed to play their first warm-up encounter against England on Saturday.

But the Windies requested an extra game to be played.

This was in in relation to give players who joined late after the IPL 2019 season.

WI want these cricketers to gain enough time in terms of preparations.

Australia agreed on the same to play this extra warm-up match.

Fact: WI thank Australia for agreeing

""We are very grateful to Hampshire CCC for agreeing to host us at the Ageas Bowl, and to Cricket Australia for agreeing the additional warm-up game. This is the first time that our entire World Cup squad can get together," said Johnny Grave.

AUS vs WI: A strong warm-up contest on offer

One expects a cracking contest between bat and ball.

Aussies are in strong form since March 2019 and they will want to continue with the momentum.

Windies get back their full squad together.

The likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell will look to flex their muscles.

The idea for both teams will be to maximize from the time spent out in the middle.