Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Smith to undergo elbow surgery in ban return setback

Smith to undergo elbow surgery in ban return setback

Steven Smith is all set to miss the upcoming Indian Premier League 2019 season due to shoulder injury he suffered during his Bangladesh Premier League stint.

Smith, whose one-year ban imposed on him by Cricket Australia ends in late March, hurt his elbow while playing for the Comilla Victorians, for whom he turned out in two matches before being forced to return home.

According to reports in cricket.com.au, he will have to be in braces for six weeks which will be followed by extensive rehabilitation.

Smith is serving a suspension from state and global cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal against South Africa past year.

However, a surgery could mean several months on the sidelines, derailing his return to global cricket once the suspension duration is complete.

This has potentially derailed Smith's plans to make an global comeback as he aims to get selected in the Australian squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in England which will be played in May. "Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed".

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Smith's 12-month suspension ends on March 28.

Smith arrived back in Sydney on Sunday and was assessed by Cricket Australia medical staff.

Former Australian cricket captain Steve Smith will undergo elbow surgery.

Smith's elbow has been a concern for a while now and it has flared up while in Bangladesh. The Australian team have two tough assignments in England post that, their ODI World Cup and the Ashes series.

Earlier this week, Australia lost their first ever Test series to an Asian side in history.

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