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Smith to undergo elbow surgery in ban return setback

Smith to undergo elbow surgery in ban return setback

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 will serve out the remainder of his 12-month ban from worldwide and state cricket recuperating from surgery on his injured elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) said on Saturday. Smith is not expected to regain full fitness in this period, read a statement issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Saturday. The timescale for his recovery will also put him in doubt for the IPL which starts on March 23.

Speaking to Fox Cricket during the Boxing Day Test, Smith said Cricket Australia officials had told him that Smith and his colleagues were paid to win and not just play. With that possibly in doubt, Smith could be heading to the World Cup in June without any worldwide game time. As a result, Steven Smith is likely to be in a brace for six weeks, post which he will have to go through rehabilitation.

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Cricket Australia on Saturday confirmed that the 28-year-old will undergo surgery on Tuesday next week for a damaged ligament in the elbow, which will require him to wear a brace for six weeks, before starting off his rehabilitation process. "Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed", icc-cricket.com quoted a statement from a Cricket Australia spokesperson.

Australian ODI captain Aaron Finch said that once Smith and David Warner serve out their bans, they will be welcomed back to the team with open arms.

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