SMITH SURGERY

Banned star in doubt for World Cup

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

BANNED for­mer Test cap­tain Steve Smith needs el­bow surgery and may not be ready for his re­turn to in­ter­na­tional cricket on March 29 or for the World Cup.

Cricket Aus­tralia of­fi­cials con­firmed yes­ter­day that Smith, sent home from the Bangladesh Premier League, had 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 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion,” a CA spokesman said.

Smith and fel­low banned bats­man David Warner were pen­cilled in as cer­tain­ties to re­turn to the Aus­tralia line-up for a fiveg­ame one-day se­ries against Pak­istan in April.

But a six-week min­i­mum re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pe­riod would po­ten­tially de­lay his re­turn.

Se­lec­tors must pick a 15-man World Cup squad by April 23 and may need to select Smith and hope he’s fit for the tour­na­ment, which be­gins for Aus­tralia on June 1 against Afghanistan.

Smith had scans on his el­bow in Bangladesh af­ter he was un­able to bat and field. Tests were in­con­clu­sive but CA med­i­cal of­fi­cials or­dered Smith home for more scans, which re­vealed the need for s surgery.

Warner has also been in Bangladesh, play­ing for the

Syl­het Sixers.

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