David Warner (L), Ricky Ponting (C) and Steven Smith (File Photo)

Cricket Australia (CA) chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns has said that there are 18 to 19 names on his mind who he thinks could make the cut for the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.

On Friday, Australia named an unchanged ODI squad for the UAE ODI tour where they will face Pakistan in a five-match series. Prominent among those to miss out included Steven Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc.

Smith and Warner will play in the Indian Premier League to start their comeback to competitive cricket with their respective ball-tampering bans ending on March 28.

On the other hand, Starc has been ruled out due to an injury he picked up during the home Test series against Sri Lanka from which he is yet to recover.

The deadline for naming the World Cup squad is April 23 and the spots are still not locked. “I won’t nominate anyone at the moment but there’s still probably 18 or 19 names going around in my head,” Hohns was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au on Friday. There’s still this lot of course, there’s no doubt about that. We’ve got the other couple of boys that will everyone knows will be available again and there’s still others back home on the sidelines that could consider themselves a chance.”

While the injured players will have to prove their fitness, Smith and Warner will be considered for the selection post their return to competitive cricket.

“It’d be nice to see them perform but it’s just a matter of playing. We all know they’re two of the better players in world cricket. So it’s only natural we will take them seriously into consideration when we pick our World Cup squad. The main thing for them and us is to have them playing competitive cricket,” he said.