Sport Cricket Crowd warms to Smith and Warner as they help Australia win first warm-up match

Crowd warms to Smith and Warner as they help Australia win first warm-up match

Steve Smith hits out during his return innings for Australia. Photo: Getty
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Former Australian team leaders David Warner and Steve Smith have returned to the crease in a World Cup warm-up match against New Zealand, with both receiving warm applause from a small Brisbane crowd.

Warner, the former Australian vice-captain, took to the pitch just five balls into the Australian innings and eventually hit a swashbuckling 39.

Smith hit 22 before being caught behind by Tom Latham.

It was the pair’s first outing for Australia since ending their year-long suspension after ball tampering in Cape Town in March 2018.

Australia successfully chased down New Zealand’s total of 215 with just one wicket and 10 balls to spare.

Adam Zampa (11no) hit the winning runs, with Jason Behrendorff (7no) the other not out batsman.

Earlier, New Zealand was dismissed off 46.1 overs.

Coming in after Usman Khawaja was bowled, Warner looked nervous at the start.

A forward defence from his first ball popped just short of point. His second lobbed within reach of bowler Matt Henry and the first ball of his next over was dropped by a diving Daryl Mitchell at gully.

Warner eventually scurried through for a single to get off the mark in the fifth over and stroked a full-toss through cover for a pressure-relieving boundary soon after.

He then proceeded to smash fours and a six, showing the form that brought him 692 runs in 12 innings in the Indian Premier League.

After Warner was caught out, Smith came in at No.4 and got a rousing reception from the crowd at Allan Border Field.

Australian captain Aaron Finch hit 52 off 64 balls before being caught in the 26th over.

Earlier Finch had won the toss and elected to bowl first.

Australia was clapped onto the field by the small crowd, with one fan yelling out “Welcome back Smithy” as they walked through the gates.

Paceman Pat Cummins (3-36) wasted no time getting into the groove against a weakened New Zealand XI, picking up two wickets in the first over of the match.

Behrendorff (3-34) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (3-44) also troubled the Kiwis, who were bowled out in the 47th over.

Smith showed he’s lost none of his style in the field, taking a catch off Behrendorff to dismiss Tom Latham.

The visitors, missing regular skipper Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult – all still on IPL duties in India – recovered thanks to a 137-run stand between Will Young (60) and Tom Blundell (77).

But the Black Caps then lost 6-43, Smith aiding the collapse with a sharp one-handed diving effort at midwicket to dismiss captain Tom Latham for 13.

Australia coach Justin Langer insists there have been no awkward moments since Warner and Smith’s return to the national squad camp from what he described as a humbling experience for Australian cricket in South Africa.

Langer has remained coy on who will open the batting in England, with Warner, Aaron Finch and Khawaja all options to face the new ball against Afghanistan on June 1.

Australia XI: Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa.

-with AAP