Steve Smith comeback to be delayed by elbow surgery

Ruben Hill
January 12, 2019

He likes to let people know that he is a supporter of county cricket, a fact his colleagues will testify to and bemoan in equal quantities.

Ex-Australia captain Steve Smith will have elbow surgery and may not be fit to make his global return from a 12-month ban at the end of March.

Smith was initially expected to return to global cricket in a one-day series against Pakistan in April.

He has been playing global tournaments around the world as his ban only applies in Australia, where he has been taking part in club cricket.

Smith arrived back in Sydney on Sunday and was assessed by Cricket Australia medical staff. A CA spokesperson mentioned that his return to the pitch would be made clearer once the brace gets removed. Smith will be racing against time to be fit for the World Cup in June and the Ashes series which follows.

Former Australian captain Steve Smith couldn't have sustained an injury at a worse time.

His ban ends on the third week of March, which also means that he would be eligible to play the 2019 World Cup, which is scheduled to start on May 30, in England and Wales.

Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the 28-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday next week for a damaged ligament in the elbow, which will require him to wear a brace for six weeks, before starting off his rehabilitation process.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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