Smith to un­dergo el­bow surgery in ban re­turn set­back

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

FOR­MER Aus­tralian cap­tain Steve Smith will un­dergo surger y for an el­bow in­jur y, Cricket Aus­tra lia said on Satur­day, in a move likely to have i mpli­cat ions for his ret ur n to t he in­ter­na­tiona l game wit h less t han t hree months left on his ball-tam­per­ing ban.

Smith is cur­rent ly ser v ing a oneyear ban from in­ter­na­tional cricket, Au s t r a l i a’s dome s t i c She f f i e l d Shield and Big Bash leagues over a ba l l-ta mper­ing sca nda l dur i ng a Test match i n Sout h A f r ic a l a st March.

He was forced to drop out of the Bangladesh Premier League Twen- t y20 tou r na ment t his week a f ter play­ing only two matches due to the i nju r y a nd is set to go un­der t he k ni fe on Tues­day to repa i r a l iga­ment in his right el­bow.

Fol­low­ing the surger y the 29-yearold r ig ht-ha nder i s ex pected to spend si x weeks in a brace and then un­dergo ex­ten­sive re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Ma­jor blow

A Cricket Aus­tra lia spokesper­son said on Satur­day that Smith’s re­turn to play­ing will be made clearer once the brace is re­moved.

The in­jur y comes as a ma­jor blow to Smith, whose 12-month ban is set to end on March 28.

It is a lso ex pected to a f fect his cha nces of bei ng picked i n t he na­tiona l side for the World Cup as well as the Ashes se­ries in Eng­land later t his year.

Test skip­per Tim Paine this month urged t he Aus­tra lian pub­lic to give Smith and his deputy David Warner – who is a lso in the midst of a ban for ball-tam­per­ing – a sec­ond chance say­ing he hoped “they’re wel­comed back” into the na­tional team, where t he pair’s ab­sence has lef t a la rge void.

Aus­tralia re­cently lost a first ever home Test se­ries against In­dia.

PETER PARKS/AFP

For­mer Aus­tralian cricket cap­tain Steve Smith speaks dur­ing a press con­fer­ence at the Syd­ney Cricket Ground (SCG) on De­cem­ber 21.

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