Banned star in doubt for World Cup
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