Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery, uncertainty over return to play

Steve Smith to undergo elbow surgery, uncertainty over return to play

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.

Former Australia captain Steve Smith must have been looking forward to 2019 for this year will see his year-long ban imposed in the wake of the Sandpapergate scandal last year coming to an end.

The 29-year-old batting all-rounder suffered the injury while playing for Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and had to fly back home after playing in just two matches in which he could not produce anything magical. The timescale for his recovery will also put him in doubt for the IPL which starts on March 23.

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Smith, whose suspension from state and global cricket in Australia elapses on March 28, will go under the knife on Tuesday and be in a brace for six weeks with a period of recuperation to follow. As a result, Steven Smith is likely to be in a brace for six weeks, post which he will have to go through rehabilitation. The ban handed down by Cricket Australia in the wake of the Newlands incident precludes Smith and former teammate David Warner from playing worldwide cricket and domestic cricket in Australia.

"Return-to-play timeframes will be clearer once the brace has been removed", said a Cricket Australia spokesperson. Both players have instead played in Canada, the Caribbean and Bangladesh in T20 competitions, and on home soil, they have played NSW Premier Cricket with success. The reigning champions will announce their squad for the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England in Wales towards the end of April.

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