David Warner and Steve Smith will return to high profile cricket on March 28 when they play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). @ IPL

Former Australia legspinner Shane Warne believes David Warner and Steve Smith will return stronger and much better when their 12-month ban completes on March 28. The duo were handed suspensions for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked the cricket fraternity during the Cape Town Test in March last year. They will return to high profile cricket on March 28 when they play in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Warner and Smith, whose names were absent from the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE, will feature for the practice matches against New Zealand in May before heading to England for the ICC World Cup 2019 and then the Ashes. (ALSO READ: Starc, Smith and Warner left out of Pakistan ODIs in UAE)

“The little things that used to make you say ‘here we go again’ don’t matter anymore. You get excited just going to the nets again because you have taken it for granted in the past so I think they will come back better than they were. They are going to come out and destroy attacks and I back David Warner to be the player of the World Cup,” Warne told Telegraph Sport on Saturday. (VIDEO: Aaron Finch deserved a hundred: Usman Khawaja)

“Warner overstepped the line a lot in his early career. He then changed into a more placid player but was then told by Cricket Australia to be the enforcer and was doing what he was told. I think what you are going to see is a pretty quiet David Warner and Steve Smith. They are just going to try and let their bat do the talking and toe the line.”

Warne, who joined the MCC World Cricket Committee, proposed the introduction of a free hit for a no ball in Test cricket to make the longer format attractive. “Why do we not have a free hit for a no ball in Test cricket? England recently bowled their first no ball in one day cricket for three years. Why? Because of the fear of a free hit,” he said. (VIDEO: A look at previous winners of Indian Premier League)

“If we bring it in Test cricket maybe that will sort out the no ball problem which is a mess at the moment, with umpires not always checking and wickets being scrubbed off for no balls because bowlers don’t realise they are overstepping.” He also backed the idea of standardising the ball used in Test cricket with the Duke ball, used in England.