Steve Smith returns to training after elbow surgery, likely to be fit for IPL

first_imgSteve Smith returned to training for the first time since undergoing a surgery in January to fix an elbow problem. This can be seen as a good sign for Australia and also the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals as Smith’s return will be crucial for these teams.Smith, who along with David Warner, was banned for his role in last year’s Cape Town ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith and David Warner will be eligible for selection from March 29.Smith posted a video on Instagram having a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.”Great to have my first hit back. The elbow is feeling good,” Smith posted on Instagram.IPL, earlier this month, announced the schedule for first 17 matches of the 2019 season. Rajasthan Royals will start their campaign against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on March 25.If Smith recovers in time, he will make is IPL return for Rajasthan Royals’ second match of the league when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on March 29 in Hyderabad.Warner, who is also recovering after an elbow surgery, could also make a comeback for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the same match.Meanwhile, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer told Australian media that he expected both players to be fit for the IPL starting March 23.”From all accounts they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive,” he said.advertisement”Dave’s probably a little more advanced but my understanding is they’ll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future.”Also Watch:last_img read more