Warner and Smith’s grassroots lessons will boost Australian cricket – Stuart Law

Warner and Smith’s grassroots lessons will boost Australian cricket – Stuart Law
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The enforced returns of Steven Smith and David Warner to Sydney grade cricket may have unexpected benefits for Australia’s cricket as a whole, says Stuart Law, the former Test batsman, who believes a vital link between the country’s grassroots and elite levels is in urgent need of nurturing.
Law, who has joined Middlesex as head coach following a two-year stint with West Indies, believes that Australia – who recently lost a home Test series to India for the first time in their history – are at too low an ebb to ignore the clamour to recall Smith and Warner in March, when their year-long bans elapse in the wake of the Cape Town ball-tampering scandal.
However, while Australia’s senior teams have struggled in the absence of their former captain and vice-captain, Law expects both players to have grown as people by the time they become available again. Moreover, he believes that the young players they have been rubbing shoulders with on the Sydney club circuit in recent months will have learnt huge amounts about what it takes to succeed at the highest level.
“Personally, I would [put Warner and Smith back in]; I think a lot of people will want that to happen,” Law said.
“I think [them] playing club cricket this summer will not only have given them an idea of what life is really about, it’s helped the young kids they’ve been playing with to improve,” he added. “They are still very much looked up to in Australia as cricketers. They are two very fine players, and Australia could do worse than get them straight back in.”
Law himself played in a golden era of Australian cricket, in which the pressure for places was so intense that he managed to feature in just a solitary Test, as an injury replacement for Steve Waugh against Sri Lanka in 1995-96, and 54 ODIs.