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India tour is not final marker for World Cup hopefuls: Langer

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

said the injured duo of and along with a few others can still make it to squad even though they are not part of the team selected for the series.

While Smith and Warner are recovering from elbow injuries, the likes of Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh, too have missed the for the series where will play two T20 Internationals and five ODIs.

"Whether you are on this tour or not, there is still going to be spots up for grabs," told Australia's website.

"But is going to come up sooner than you know and guys like and are obviously going to bang very hard on the door," the reminded.

"So there is going to be some competition there, but that's good as there is going to be some guys that need to stay on their toes the entire time and keep playing great every time we play."

is disappointed that senior most pacer is missing the tour due to pectoral injury, something he didn't feel while playing.

"It's almost two steps forward and one step back. It (the injury) was the most bizarre thing as he didn't even feel it when he was playing. He just woke up the next day when he was in bed and his left pec had all blown up," said Langer.

"It's really disappointing for him as he bowled so well in that last Test match. (It's) disappointing for us as we would have loved to have him there, but hopefully he will be right for that second leg against Pakistan," he added.

The former left-hander is expecting to pick the best available squad.

"If you pick the best team for each game, the future usually looks after itself. That's been my experience or understanding of Australian for a long time and if we can continue to do that and are getting the results, then you will get the confidence and momentum and be forming a strong team," he said.

"We know there are a lot of good players and there are only 15 spots for the World Cup," he signed off.

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First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 21:30 IST