Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Steve Smith’s global comeback to be derailed by elbow surgery

Steve Smith’s global comeback to be derailed by elbow surgery

Smith and Warner have played Sydney grade cricket during their bans, as well as appeared in the Global T20 Canada and Caribbean Premier League.

When Smith will actually return to cricket is unclear at this stage, with Cricket Australia confirming on Saturday the dumped batsman would spent an extended time on the sidelines after injuring his elbow during the Bangladesh Premier League.

A Cricket Australia spokesperson said: "Steve Smith will undergo surgery on Tuesday to fix a ligament in his right elbow".

The injury flared up when Smith was captaining his BPL side for the first two games and was seen with heavy strapping over the irritated area.

Steven Smith requires surgery on the elbow injury that forced him home from the BPL and appears unlikely to be fit to resume his global career when his ban expires at the end of March potentially leaving him short of time to prepare for the World Cup. Later, he returned to Australia for a check-up after initial MRI scans were not clear.

However, a surgery could mean several months on the sidelines, derailing his return to global cricket once the suspension duration is complete. The Australian underwent tests and has been advised six weeks of rest by the physicians which means he will not only be out of the ongoing BPL but also the Pakistan Super League (PSL) which is due to be played between February and March.

At the Bangladesh Premier League, Steve Smith managed scores of 16 and 0 for Comilla Victorians.

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