Surgery puts Smith in doubt for Cup
BANNED former Test captain Steve Smith needs elbow surgery and may not be ready for his return to international cricket on March 28, or for the World Cup.
Cricket Australia officials confirmed yesterday that Smith, who was sent home from the Bangladesh Premier League with elbow soreness, had sustained ligament damage, putting his World Cup aspirations in jeopardy.
“Steve Smith will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before commencing rehabilitation,” a CA spokesperson said.
“Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed.”
Smith and fellow banned batsmen David Warner were pencilled in as certainties to return to the Australia line-up for a five-game one-day series against Pakistan in March and April, a crucial tune-up before the World Cup in England.
But Smith won’t begin what’s likely to be extensive rehabilitation until March.
Australian selectors have to pick a 15-man World Cup squad by April 23.