Australian selectors will be watching the upcoming five-match One Day International series between Team India and the Oz team with utmost interest as they will look to getting their best squad selected ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. As Australia prepare to take on India in the limited overs series starting on Saturday in Hyderabad, all eyes are on the troubled Aussie duo of Steve Smith and David Warner, who will be eligible for selection in the national team by the end of this month.

Both Smith and Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for one month in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket last year. Australian coach Justin Langer has already said the team is keeping a close eye on former skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner.

Speaking on the eve of opening ODI, Langer said he was hoping for the duo to be up and running for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“It’s about us winning games of cricket and then selections and positions usually look after themselves,” Langer said, before adding, “From all accounts they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive.”

Both Warner and Smith will also return to Indian Premier League after one year as the duo were banned from the last edition of the cash-rich league due to their involvement in altering the ball in Cape Town South Africa.