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Steve Smith and David Warner will help Australia 'walk taller', says Tim Paine

Warner and Steve Smith will see their year-long suspensions from the national side come to an end in April, just in time for the World Cup and Ashes campaigns

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The Cricketer | 1/2/2019 at 8:51 AM

Tim Paine says the return to the international arena of banned pair Steve Smith and David Warner will help Australia's top order "walk taller".

Warner and Steve Smith will see their year-long suspensions from the national side come to an end in April, just in time for the World Cup and Ashes campaigns, and after a difficult series against India the Australian batting line-up could do with the more than 12,000 Test runs the two men hold between them.

Just one player, Travis Head, averages more than 30 against India and Australia must win in Sydney to avoid what would be their first ever home Test series defeat by the tourists.

Paine recognises the seriousness of the situation, and how Smith and Warner could play a major part in revitalising his side.

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David Warner will be eligible for selection again in April

"In three months’ time, Steve Smith and David Warner will have served their bans and we will have available two world-class batsmen who might be able to help other guys walk taller," he wrote in his Daily Telegraph column.

"Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are two excellent experienced players who offer our group so much as it is, but the prospect of Smith and Warner returning could potentially boost the confidence of other players even further."

Paine is hopeful the Australian public will be open to the two players returning to the fray.

"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and will have a different view on it... but I think that once they’ve done their time I’m very hopeful that the Australian public will welcome those three guys back and give them a fair chance," he said.

"I mean, just to be treated like all other cricketers are."

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