Australia’s Smith to have surgical procedure on elbow damage

Australia's Smith to have surgery on elbow injury

FILE PHOTO: Cricket – Ashes check match – Australia v England – MCG, Melbourne, Australia, December 30, 2017. REUTERS/David Grey

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Former Australia captain Steve Smith will serve out the rest of his 12-month ban from worldwide and state cricket recuperating from surgical procedure on his injured elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) stated on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, banned together with his vice captain David Warner and batsman Cameron Bancroft for his half within the Newlands ball-tampering scandal, returned from the Bangladesh Premier League on Saturday for scans on the injured joint.

A CA spokesman stated Smith would require an operation on Tuesday to restore a ligament in his proper elbow and could be in a brace for six weeks after that with a interval of rehabilitation to comply with.

That may take him as much as the top of his ban on March 28 after which Australia had been hoping to deliver him again into the one-day worldwide and check groups forward of the restricted overs World Cup and Ashes collection.

Bancroft’s nine-month ban expired on the finish of December whereas Smith and Warner, who was additionally suspended for a 12 months, have saved lively by enjoying membership cricket in Sydney and Twenty20 tournaments all over the world.

Australia have struggled with out their two finest batsmen, shedding a check collection to Pakistan within the United Arab Emirates and one other to India across the flip of the 12 months — a primary dwelling reverse in opposition to an Asian facet.

The reigning champions will announce their squad for the Might 30-July 14 World Cup in England in Wales in direction of the top of April. The Ashes collection follows in August and September.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, enhancing by Amlan Chakraborty

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