Elbow surgery set to delay Steven Smith's global comeback

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Steven Smith requires surgery on the elbow injury that forced him home from the BPL and appears unlikely to be fit to resume his worldwide career when his ban expires at the end of March potentially leaving him short of time to prepare for the World Cup.

The former captain, who was leading Comilla Victorians in the Bangladesh Premier League, returned to Australia overnight as his elbow problem flared up.

Smith is serving a one-year suspension for his part in the ball-tampering scandal during the third Test against South Africa that also resulted in bans for David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

Lahore: Multan Sultans have been dealt a blow with Australian batsman Steve Smith ruled out of the Pakistan Super League 2019 due to an elbow injury. Then, he will have to wear a brace for six weeks and undergo extensive rehabilitation.

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"Return-to-play timeframes will be clearer once the brace has been removed", added the CA spokesperson.

The duo are expected to return for the World Cup and Ashes in England this summer - though Australia may now be sweating on Smith's fitness.

Smith was asked to return home from Bangladesh where he was playing in Bangladesh Premier League after he felt discomfort while batting.

Smith has scored over 10,000 runs in worldwide cricket with 31 hundreds besides over 3,300 runs in 164 T20s at a strike rate of 125-plus.

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