They are now recovering from elbow injuries that they sustained during the sixth edition of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
That may still be the case but Usman Khawaja has ensured that life won't be easy for coach Justin Langer and selectors as they mull Australia's best XI for the Cup opener on June 1.
But they selected the same 15-man squad that is now involved in the ODI series against India.
Their bans end on March 28 and both players will be reintegrated into the national team after their participation in the Indian Premier League in March and April. "Hopefully, they'll both do well over there and when they start playing lead up matches for the World Cup they'll be fit and firing".
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The only batsman from either side to have scored more runs in the first three ODIs is India run glutton Virat Kohli, who has 283 at 94.3. The duo will be pivotal for Australia on their bid to defend the World Cup title in England and Wales.
It was across two-day, one-day and T20 formats for the club.
"The CoA, in consultation with BCCI acting president Mr. CK Khanna, IPL chairman Mr. Rajeev Shukla and BCCI acting hon. secretary Mr. Amitabh Choudhary has made a decision to ban Mr. Smith and Mr. Warner with immediate effect from participation in IPL 2018".
Australia's David Warner and Steve Smith leave the pitch after beating South Africa.
"Selectors don't want to rush them (Warner and Smith) back, so if they've got injuries they'd want them to get 100 per cent right". So it's only natural we will take them seriously into consideration when we pick our World Cup squad.
"Warner overstepped the line a lot in his early career". The next four years were the best I ever had. "My body and mind were fresh and it is awesome how excited you are to play again", cricket.com.au quoted Warne as saying to the Telegraph.