Steve Smith out of action for six weeks

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Former Australian captain Steve Smith will be action for at least six weeks as he is set to undergo surgery for an elbow injury.

Smith, who will be hoping to make a comeback for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 starting 30 May, has an issue with the ligament in his right elbow, Cricket Australia reported.

It had forced him to cut short his stay in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019, where he was captain of Comilla Victorians. He had struggled in the tournament, with returns of 16 and 0.

“Steve Smith will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before commencing rehabilitation. Return to play time frames will be clearer once the brace has been removed,” said a statement from a Cricket Australia spokesperson on Saturday, 12 January.

Earlier, BPL franchise Comilla coach Mohammad Salahuddin had confirmed Smith’s injury. “We are not sure how he picked it up, but the last two days he could not bat in training due to the problem,” Salahuddin said.

“He had an MRI test here but the result was not very clear. He sent the report to Australian physicians who advised him to return home immediately.”

Smith is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal.