Steve Smith could miss World Cup
Australian cricket fraternity is likely to experience yet another shock as Steven Smith could miss out on hitting the squad that will play the World Cup this year. There were question marks over his fitness issues as he underwent elbow surgery in January (only recently) and it appears that his return to the team will take longer to recover.
David Warner too went through an elbow surgery at the same time but he might recover faster than Steve. This means that Steve will not be fit by March 29. The former skipper will be not be given a chance to further risk himself until the end of this month. He needs several weeks of rehabilitation before he can open the face of the blade. His injury ruled him out of the rest of Sydney’s grade competition.
However, David Warner was likely to bat in the next 2 weeks and his return date will be announced in the days to come. Australia selectors want to see David Warner play fearlessly before they recall him to the side. While Warner’s return is assured, doubts loom over Steve Smith’s return and further updates are awaited. “We’ve got to keep working on how they are with their elbows, first,” Langer said.
The coach is concerned about the timeframe and the number of games that Steve plays to gain confidence before heading into the world cup which starts from May 30 onwards.
“They’re going to need to get some cricket leading in before coming back into the squad. It’s all part of the management. We’ll have to wait and see and what happens there. We’re talking about two great players, we’re not talking about two really good players – two great players who, on paper, it’d be crazy to not want to have them in the team,” Langer added in a statement.