Good news for cricket fans all around the world as former Australia captain Steve Smith showed sign of speedy recovery after dealing with an unfortunate injury which kept him away from the action. An elbow injury cut short Smith’s stay in the Bangladesh Premier League 2019, held earlier this year. He was captaining the Comilla Victorians franchise in the T20 extravaganza. However, Smith had struggled in the tournament, with returns of 16 and 0.Also Read - Steve Smith Hails Virat Kohli; Names Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul as Favourites to Become India's Next Test Captain
Putting aside all the doubts about his return to competitive cricket, the 29-year old shared the good news of his comeback with the fans on his official Instagram handle. Smith shared a video from the latest training session where he can be seen practicing some crips shots. He captioned the post, “Great to have my first hit back today. The elbow is feeling good”. Also Read - Sydney Sixers Fume After Cricket Australia Blocks Steve Smith From Competing in Big Bash League
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Smith, who is serving a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, and is hoping to return in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 starting 30 May, has an issue with the ligament in his right elbow. The Sydney-born batsman is a part of Rajasthan Royals squad in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL), he is also expected to play a crucial role for the blue brigade.
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Earlier, Smith’s teammate – Cameron Bancroft insists it is too early to be thinking about playing for Australia in the Ashes this year despite his exploits on his return to red-ball cricket. The 26-year-old, back in the domestic Sheffield Shield after a nine-month ban for ball-tampering, patiently compiled 138 not out from a marathon 358 balls and then 86 off 263 deliveries in his second dig for Western Australia.
It wasn’t enough to prevent his team losing to New South Wales this week, but it was a stunning effort of concentration that put him firmly back on the radar of selectors. “I’ve played one game. You don’t earn the right after one game, to achieve a feat like playing Test cricket,” Bancroft said, according to the Cricket Australia website.
“I feel like I still have plenty of work to do. But it’s really awesome to be back playing for WA in Shield cricket, and I’m loving it so far.”