Steve Smith, the Australian batter who will miss the forthcoming one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan, will instead undergo rehabilitation for an injured elbow. A century drought in Test cricket has plagued the right-handed batsman for an extended length of time. He has failed to accumulate the runs that he had in the past and has been out of the game for a long period. Even though it is not a serious ailment, Smith will now have plenty of time to recuperate from the injury he sustained last year.
A key portion of Australia’s impressive 1-0 victory over Pakistan in the most recent three-match Test series was played by the 32-year-old. He scored several critical half-centuries while failing to reach the three-figure threshold. In the process, he also set a new record for the quickest player to complete 8000 test runs. Mitchell Swepson, a wrist-spinner, has been picked as Smith’s replacement in the limited-overs series. The selectors are hoping to bolster their spin assault with his presence.
Cricket Australia is serious about the injury of Steve Smith
Kontouris, Cricket Australia’s Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager, explained that Smith’s withdrawal was a proactive measure to ensure that he returned to full fitness as soon as possible. He also stated that it will ensure that the injury is addressed before it becomes a significant one in the future.
“Given that he had an injury to the same elbow the previous year, we believed it was necessary to handle this as soon as possible. Calling him ensures that Steve will have the time he needs to fully recover from his elbow injury to assure his continued availability and performance for Australia. We can prevent it from becoming something more significant later on,” he said.
George Bailey, on the other hand, suggested Swepson as a possible substitute for Smith to broaden the range of possibilities available in the white-ball team. Swepson just earned his Test debut for Australia, but he has not yet represented the country in one-day internationals, despite having played seven Twenty20 internationals since his debut in 2018.
“The inclusion of Mitchell Swepson in the white-ball team was made because it would provide us with extra choices in the bowling department on conditions that may be more favourable to spinners. After spending the previous month in Pakistan, he is well-versed in the country’s circumstances,”remarked George Bailey, chairman of the selectors, as cited by the Times of India.