Steve Smith comeback to be delayed by elbow surgery

Annette Crawford
January 12, 2019

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

However, a surgery could mean several months on the sidelines, derailing his return to worldwide cricket once the suspension duration is complete. The timescale for his recovery will also put him in doubt for the IPL which starts on March 23.

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. With that possibly in doubt, Smith could be heading to the World Cup in June without any worldwide game time.

Steve Smith was banned for 12 months.

The news about Smith's ruling out of the PSL was confirmed by Pak Passion, mentioning he will undergo a surgery on January 15 to fix a right elbow ligament and is likely to be "in a brace" for six weeks followed by an extensive rehabilitation. A Cricket Australia spokesperson while confirming the need for surgery said that Smith's return to playing will be made clearer once the brace is removed. Then, he will have to wear a brace for six weeks and undergo extensive rehabilitation. He has also played regular grade cricket for Sutherland and has trained with the New South Wales and Sydney Sixers squads but now faces an even bigger challenge to be ready for the demands of a World Cup campaign.

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