Batting mainstays Smith and Warner as well as pace spearhead Cummins are among several first-choice players who skipped the recent tours of WI and Bangladesh
Australia lack depth in their squad but will be a title contender at this year's World T20I in the United Arab Emirates when several frontline players return to the side, former captain Ricky Ponting said.
Batting mainstays Steve Smith and David Warner as well as pace spearhead Pat Cummins are among several first-choice players who skipped the recent tours of West Indies and Bangladesh.
Australia's T20 squad suffered identical 4-1 defeats on both tours, the low point being bundled out for 62, their lowest score in this format, by Bangladesh.
Skipper Aaron Finch, who underwent a knee surgery Thursday, is expected to lead the side in the tournament scheduled in October-November.
Most of the Australians also play in the Indian Premier League, which has now been rescheduled to take place in the UAE and this will serve as ideal preparation for the returning players, Ponting said.
Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals in the IPL.