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Smith, Warner welcomed back

Back in the fold: David Warner has a chat with Australia selector Greg Chappell during a training session in Brisbane on Friday.

Back in the fold: David Warner has a chat with Australia selector Greg Chappell during a training session in Brisbane on Friday.  

The coach expects a certain degree of humility from the duo

Steve Smith and David Warner have been welcomed back to the Australian team with “no tension”, coach Justin Langer said on Friday, with the World Cup offering another opportunity for redemption.

The duo returned to the national side for a World Cup training camp on Friday in Brisbane after serving year-long bans for their part in the “sandpapergate” scandal in Cape Town that rocked cricket.

“There is no tension,” a smiling Langer told reporters. “They’re back in the team now. They’ve been selected, which is brilliant.”

Langer acknowledged there would need to be some adjustments for the former team leaders, but said the team would be boosted by their experience. The Aussie coach welcomed the selection dilemma Smith and Warner added to the top order, joining Aaron Finch, Usman Khawja and Shaun Marsh, made it “exciting to have those five 100-makers at our disposal”.

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