David Warner, Steve Smith return as Australians beat New Zealand XI by one wicket

David Warner and Steve Smith donned the Australian colours for the first time since the ball-tampering scandal at Newlands last year – that led to international bans of one year for the duo and Cameron Bancroft – as the Australians edged past New Zealand XI by one wicket chasing 216 in Brisbane in an unofficial one-day match.

Warner was given a new role at No.3 with the Australians retaining their successful opening pair of Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, but Warner, fresh of a stellar IPL 2019 season, found himself in the middle as early as the first over after Khawaja departed to Matt Henry.

Warner was edgy to start with and was dropped at gully early on but went on to make 39 off 43 balls, while Smith, who had taken a one-handed catch early in the match managed 22 before walking back.

The middle-order Marcus Stoinis, Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey fell to poor shots while Nathan Coulter-Nile played a few lusty blows before departing. From 122/2, the Australians succumbed to 205/ 9 before the last pair of Jason Behrendorff and Adam Zampa saw the team through.

Earlier, Pat Cummins got the Australians off to a good start taking two wickets in his first over, removing George Worker and Henry Nicholls. But, the New Zealand XI were by a 137-run stand between will Young and World Cup-bound player Tom Blundell. However, NZ XI also endured a collapse losing their last eight wickets for just 78 runs to eventually being bowled out for 215.