Aus­tralia’s Smith to have surgery on el­bow in­jury

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For­mer Aus­tralia cap­tain

Steve Smith will serve out the re­main­der of his 12-month ban from in­ter­na­tional and state cricket re­cu­per­at­ing from surgery on his in­jured el­bow, Cricket Aus­tralia (CA) said yes­ter­day. The 29-year-old, banned with his vice cap­tain David Warner and bats­man Cameron Ban­croft for his part in the New­lands ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal, re­turned from the Bangladesh Premier League on Satur­day for scans on the in­jured joint.

A CA spokesman said Smith would re­quire an op­er­a­tion on Tues­day to re­pair a lig­a­ment in his right el­bow and would be in a brace for six weeks af­ter that with a pe­riod of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to fol­low.

That will take him up to the end of his ban on March 28 af­ter which Aus­tralia were hop­ing to bring him back into the one-day in­ter­na­tional and test teams ahead of the lim­ited overs World Cup and Ashes se­ries. Ban­croft’s ninemonth ban ex­pired at the end of De­cem­ber while Smith and Warner, who was also sus­pended for a year, have kept ac­tive by play­ing club cricket in Syd­ney and Twenty20 tour­na­ments around the world. Aus­tralia have strug­gled with­out their two best bats­men, los­ing a test se­ries to Pak­istan in the United Arab Emi­rates and an­other to In­dia around the turn of the year – a first home re­verse against an Asian side. The reign­ing cham­pi­ons will an­nounce their squad for the May 30July 14 World Cup in Eng­land in Wales to­wards the end of April. The Ashes se­ries fol­lows in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

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