Australia news April 14, 2011

Steven Smith to have ankle surgery

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Australia allrounder Steven Smith will not be taking up his IPL duties with Kochi Tuskers Kerala after it was decided he should fly home to undergo ankle surgery. Smith has experienced left ankle pain through the Australian summer, and will now have the problem dealt with, to be fit in time for Australia's pre-season camp in July and the tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa that follow.

"Steve has had long-standing, minor pain in his left ankle during the Australian summer," team physio Alex Kountouris said. "This is considered an opportune time to have surgery on the ankle. It will take place next week so he can adequately prepare for the upcoming Australia season."

Smith's withdrawal is a blow for Kochi, one of the IPL's new franchises, who are winless after two matches. While doing little with the bat, Smith showed considerable promise with the ball in the just-concluded series against Bangladesh, delivering a remarkable sharp legbreak that ripped between bat and pad to castle Shakib Al Hasan.

"I'm pretty happy with the way I'm going. I feel good in everything I'm doing in the nets and in games," Smith said during the series. "Every time I'm bowling in a game it's going to help me, every time I get that opportunity. So at the moment that's pretty much what it's about for me, gaining control in games under pressure."

Smith was scheduled to join Kochi with team-mate John Hastings, as a host of other players including Shane Watson, Michael Hussey, Brett Lee and Shakib Al Hasan, make their way to various IPL franchises following Australia's 3-0 victory over Bangladesh in the limited-overs series that finished on Wednesday.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • jorock on April 17, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Love to c DADA in KTK colours . I think KTK where looking for Dada after the auction took place. If Dada is taken in place of Steve this will give the KTK strongness in the batting lineup as well as an experienced candidate. I think mahela will be leaving KTK by May 5 so they need someone like dada to get going and i beleive Mr.Mcullum will be the likely replacement for Jaya as captain so its necessary to have someone like Dada in the wings to give guidenes.This will boost up the Batting of KTK because they lack litle bit of firepower which DADA can provide.DADA........THIS WILL SHOOT UP THE FAN BASE OF KTK IN THE IPL 4

  • VivGilchrist on April 17, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    If Smith is as good as you say he is then theres no reason why he shouldn't be playing as our frontline spinner thus eliminating the need to play Doherty or any other B-grader. This would allow Aus to play any extra batsman, real bowler, or power play pinch-hitting allrounder such as Christian. Wow, imagine having tactics? Have to wait until Neilsen goes, I guess.

  • Meety on April 17, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - the comparison is more for Short Formats - he was a 2-time WC winner. Memory (a sometimes subjective thing), has some people thinking Hoggy was a great of the game, (check the commentary during Game #3!!!). What I'm trying to say is that at 21, Smith is ahead of possibly Australia's 2nd best ODI spin bowler ever. If he sticks with it (not going the I give up route like White), plays plenty of 1st class cricket, the selectors take him on overseas tours, by the time he reaches Warnie's debut age he could brilliant. I suppose its all about peoples perception, to me I see Smith as a massive talent, currently delivering a fraction of what he CAN & WILL do. I've used the S Waugh analogy, where he was perservered with (Dropped too), but he always seemed to be in the selectors thoughts. The same IMO should be the case with Smith.

  • VivGilchrist on April 16, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Meety. I appreciate your comparison to Hogg. Problem is though, Hogg was a very very average Test cricketer. You're setting the bar a little low there mate.

  • enigma77543 on April 16, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    I think it's time some of the Aussies (I'm sure not all Aussies share this illusion) & faced the truth that Smith is basically a decent bat who can bowl a LITTLE BIT & that's that, he'll likely never be a Test-quality spinner, let alone that of Warne or even MacGill. International cricket isn't a place where you try and turn a part-time spinner into a full-time spinner, he just needs to be playing Sheffield Shield for a couple of years (instead of so many international matches) & if has any real bowling talent then it will materialise in time but at this point in time, he's just a part-time spinner & not good enough a bat to be commanding a place in the Aus side.

  • Biggus on April 16, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Yep, back to the Shield for Smith would be ideal. Having had Warne and MacGill all at once has led to a shift in expectations for young leggies. It used to be figured that a leggie would take at least until 26-27 to mature into the complete package, if that indeed was going to happen and now selectors are picking them and throwing them in at the deep end. Some of our best were positively ancient before they debuted, especially that one we got from NZ, Clarrie Grimmett. I think he needs to be put back into the oven for a while because he's really only half baked at the moment. What troubles we brought upon ourselves when we sacked Hauritz! No world beater for sure, but next to his replacements he looks like Swann (apologies to MCC fans). So here we are back at where we started. Doherty is eager but toothless, Krejza's a mess, the Beer's flat and the selectors won't select O'Keefe or Hauritz. I'm only 2 years older than Bertie Ironmonger was on debut. Should I wait by the phone? Andrew?

  • Meety on April 16, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    All the bagging of Smith is quite boring & actually fairly baseless. In a direct comparison to a player of similar skills (Brad Hogg), Smith stacks up favourably everywhere except Test bowling stats & 1st class bowling stats. Smith is a superior batsmen & at least the equivalent of Hogg in the field. Hogg found fame late in his caeer Smith is still only 21.

  • Meety on April 16, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - we've debated this one a bit. I would prefer to see him playing Shield cricket at the moment. I think where he is at in his development, plenty of time spent with Jenner & Warne will complete the package. As far as I'm concerned - the only thing stopping him turning into a frontline Test quality spinner is control of the big ripping leg break. I like the fact that he is more like to err on the side of being too full, as opposed to too short, otherwise I think his control is good. I think Smith should remain in BOTH short format sides, & he should be taken on tour outside of our domestic season. A sfor his batting, I think that will come along, its a mental thing, I think he bats well when it is a lost cause, (his mind is freed up to play shots). @TEST_CRICKET_ONLY - that equates to a strike rate of 44, which is not slit your wrist terrible. Also you have to look at some of the spells he bowled really applied pressure at the other end, & he outshone Doherty!

  • on April 15, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    there is no reaction from kochi , that probably means they donot want any replacements. dat is a pity

  • popcorn on April 15, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I think Steve Smıth ıs an overated crıcketer.He has no specıalıty - wıth the bat or wıth the ball. Fıeldıng? ALL Australıan crıcketers aqre expected to fıeld well ,rıght? As a basıc qualıfıcatıon.

  • jorock on April 17, 2011, 8:08 GMT

    Love to c DADA in KTK colours . I think KTK where looking for Dada after the auction took place. If Dada is taken in place of Steve this will give the KTK strongness in the batting lineup as well as an experienced candidate. I think mahela will be leaving KTK by May 5 so they need someone like dada to get going and i beleive Mr.Mcullum will be the likely replacement for Jaya as captain so its necessary to have someone like Dada in the wings to give guidenes.This will boost up the Batting of KTK because they lack litle bit of firepower which DADA can provide.DADA........THIS WILL SHOOT UP THE FAN BASE OF KTK IN THE IPL 4

  • VivGilchrist on April 17, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    If Smith is as good as you say he is then theres no reason why he shouldn't be playing as our frontline spinner thus eliminating the need to play Doherty or any other B-grader. This would allow Aus to play any extra batsman, real bowler, or power play pinch-hitting allrounder such as Christian. Wow, imagine having tactics? Have to wait until Neilsen goes, I guess.

  • Meety on April 17, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - the comparison is more for Short Formats - he was a 2-time WC winner. Memory (a sometimes subjective thing), has some people thinking Hoggy was a great of the game, (check the commentary during Game #3!!!). What I'm trying to say is that at 21, Smith is ahead of possibly Australia's 2nd best ODI spin bowler ever. If he sticks with it (not going the I give up route like White), plays plenty of 1st class cricket, the selectors take him on overseas tours, by the time he reaches Warnie's debut age he could brilliant. I suppose its all about peoples perception, to me I see Smith as a massive talent, currently delivering a fraction of what he CAN & WILL do. I've used the S Waugh analogy, where he was perservered with (Dropped too), but he always seemed to be in the selectors thoughts. The same IMO should be the case with Smith.

  • VivGilchrist on April 16, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    @Meety. I appreciate your comparison to Hogg. Problem is though, Hogg was a very very average Test cricketer. You're setting the bar a little low there mate.

  • enigma77543 on April 16, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    I think it's time some of the Aussies (I'm sure not all Aussies share this illusion) & faced the truth that Smith is basically a decent bat who can bowl a LITTLE BIT & that's that, he'll likely never be a Test-quality spinner, let alone that of Warne or even MacGill. International cricket isn't a place where you try and turn a part-time spinner into a full-time spinner, he just needs to be playing Sheffield Shield for a couple of years (instead of so many international matches) & if has any real bowling talent then it will materialise in time but at this point in time, he's just a part-time spinner & not good enough a bat to be commanding a place in the Aus side.

  • Biggus on April 16, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Yep, back to the Shield for Smith would be ideal. Having had Warne and MacGill all at once has led to a shift in expectations for young leggies. It used to be figured that a leggie would take at least until 26-27 to mature into the complete package, if that indeed was going to happen and now selectors are picking them and throwing them in at the deep end. Some of our best were positively ancient before they debuted, especially that one we got from NZ, Clarrie Grimmett. I think he needs to be put back into the oven for a while because he's really only half baked at the moment. What troubles we brought upon ourselves when we sacked Hauritz! No world beater for sure, but next to his replacements he looks like Swann (apologies to MCC fans). So here we are back at where we started. Doherty is eager but toothless, Krejza's a mess, the Beer's flat and the selectors won't select O'Keefe or Hauritz. I'm only 2 years older than Bertie Ironmonger was on debut. Should I wait by the phone? Andrew?

  • Meety on April 16, 2011, 8:44 GMT

    All the bagging of Smith is quite boring & actually fairly baseless. In a direct comparison to a player of similar skills (Brad Hogg), Smith stacks up favourably everywhere except Test bowling stats & 1st class bowling stats. Smith is a superior batsmen & at least the equivalent of Hogg in the field. Hogg found fame late in his caeer Smith is still only 21.

  • Meety on April 16, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    @VivGilchrist - we've debated this one a bit. I would prefer to see him playing Shield cricket at the moment. I think where he is at in his development, plenty of time spent with Jenner & Warne will complete the package. As far as I'm concerned - the only thing stopping him turning into a frontline Test quality spinner is control of the big ripping leg break. I like the fact that he is more like to err on the side of being too full, as opposed to too short, otherwise I think his control is good. I think Smith should remain in BOTH short format sides, & he should be taken on tour outside of our domestic season. A sfor his batting, I think that will come along, its a mental thing, I think he bats well when it is a lost cause, (his mind is freed up to play shots). @TEST_CRICKET_ONLY - that equates to a strike rate of 44, which is not slit your wrist terrible. Also you have to look at some of the spells he bowled really applied pressure at the other end, & he outshone Doherty!

  • on April 15, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    there is no reaction from kochi , that probably means they donot want any replacements. dat is a pity

  • popcorn on April 15, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I think Steve Smıth ıs an overated crıcketer.He has no specıalıty - wıth the bat or wıth the ball. Fıeldıng? ALL Australıan crıcketers aqre expected to fıeld well ,rıght? As a basıc qualıfıcatıon.

  • on April 15, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    picking up ganguly is possible...he can be paid below his base price

  • keerthi on April 15, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    even otherwise he wouldn't have made it to XI.

  • VivGilchrist on April 15, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Can I use this space to comment on Smith and not Ganguly? Thanks. To all those in the Smith corner, I don't think his knockers dislike him, but rather are questioning if he deserves his place... or should I say EARNED his place? Yes he may have potential but he should not be in the Test team. It's a similar situation to Dwayne Bravo ( look at the stats) he's not good enough to bat in the top6 and not good enough to play as a specialist bowler. If Aussies want a Test spinning all-rounder to bat no7 or 8 OKeefe is ready to go as his performances have shown. Why can't Smith gain more experience in Shield and County until his performances justify selection like everyone else (before Hilditch era). Afterall, he's only 21.

  • indian_fight on April 15, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    it is possible for ganguly to join kochi.If ganguly agrees to take steve smith's base price($200,000).Kochi please tke ganguly in place of smith.

  • shaileshacharya123 on April 15, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    NO possible to replace,no base price match

  • mandadi1986 on April 15, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    any chance to play ganguly in place of steven smith

  • on April 15, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    why isnt anyone reacting from the kochi frnachise.they wanted to sign up ganguly and its possible now isnt it?

  • george.rajan on April 14, 2011, 21:48 GMT

    AGAIN JAYAWARDENE WILL HAVE TO LEAVE THE SQUAD BY MAY 5 WITH NO ONE LEFT TO LEAD. SAURAV'S INCLUSION WILL GIVE THEM A GREAT CAPTAIN, A MATCH WINNER,A OPENING BATSMAN, A PART TIME SEAMER, A GREAT COACH WHO WILL BRING OUT THE BEST IN THE TEAM. SAURAV CAN LEAD THIS HANDICAPPED TEAM TO TE FINALS

    DADA SHOULD BE CALLED IN......................

  • george.rajan on April 14, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    THIS IS THE BEST TIME TO BRING IN SAURAV GANGULY. HIS EXPERIENCE AND TALENT CAN ONLY RESCUE KOCHI. KOCHI HAS A LOT OF UNEXPOSED TALENTS AND THE BEST MAN TO BRING THEM OUT IS NONE OTHER THAN DADA. TODAY'S INDIAN TEAM IS THE PRODUCT OF GANGULY....YUVRAJ,DHONI,ZAHEER,SEHWAG,HARBHAJAN THE BEST THING THAT KOCHI CAN DO IS BRING IN SAURAV

  • subham4cricket on April 14, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Plz Select Saurav Ganguly in replcament of Smith(Ausies)......Another come back ......Kochi will bounce back.....Its time 4 Saurav Ganguly

  • cse_sahil on April 14, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    so can ganguly replace him...smith was bought for $200,000 whereas dada base price was $ 400,000........what the rule says....is this possible?????

  • on April 14, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    If Kochi signs up Sourav Ganguly for IPL instead of Steven Smith, would Ganguly be considered "Foreign player" or "Indian International player" or "Domestic player" (since Ganguly hasn't played for India in recent past) ?

  • on April 14, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    People need to show patience with smith. Andrew symonds played 30 odd matches for Australia without making any big scores, look how he matured and turned the heat on the opponents. same can be said of Watson, people considered him neither a batsman nor bowler, today he is the best all rounder after "evergreen kallis". Cameroon white was dubbed the same and he literally usurped clarke of his captaincy. there is definitely something about steven smith which the world has not seen. i guess he would play for some time and get dropped and re hone and make an impact. BTW, ricky was dropped, clarke was dropped, steve waugh was dropped . Let's not indulge in Smith Bashing.

  • ans23 on April 14, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    smith should be replaced by Ireland's kevin obrien. he ll be useful 4 them

  • cricfangoindia on April 14, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Come on guys, they have Lakshman and now they need Ganguly? What is it "retirement home" for Indian players? They need young Indian batsmans. Have you heard of Raina, Rohit, Pathan, Uthappa, Kohli, Gambhir, Manish Pandey, T Suman, A Rayudu, S Dhavan, P Valthaty,Dhoni, Nayar, Yuvaraj, Vijay, Sehvag, Rao and many more. The IPL games are won by these players, not by players like Mahela or Ganguly. If you are an Indian player you can play every game because India doesn't play international games at this time and you have 7 spots. To play in T20 either you have to be an all rounder or a really good fielder. So the ideal team would be few of those talents I mentioned earlier and some very good foreign bowlers or all rounders like Kallis. This is exactly what Bombay, Chennai, Pune, KKR and Banglore did. You don't have to be a millionaire genius to figure this out but watch IPL and International cricket for the past few years. But Patel is here in Kerala to make money not to win.

  • tkaikobad on April 14, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal or Ganguly.....

  • on April 14, 2011, 16:09 GMT

    one more chance for Kochi to sign Ganguly in...!!

  • cricfangoindia on April 14, 2011, 16:03 GMT

    Steven smith doesn't make much difference to the Kochi team anyways, from all I know this Kochi team is "built to lose". They don't have a game changer in that team other than the retired Murali. Instead of Mahela they could have picked Kallis for $400000 less money, who could open bowling and batting plus a fast bowler. Anyone with any cricketing sense wouldn't have picked a team like that. This team is full of old test players and some young Indian seamers (the weakest link in world and Indian cricket). Unless and until the young Indian batmans they signed after the auction becomes superstars, this team will win about 4 or 5 games max. How was Bombay able to get Davie Jacobs so cheap?He was one of the best players in last years Champions league.How was Chennai able to get Dwayne Bravo so cheap ? One of the superstars in past IPL.How did Bombay get T suman and A rayudu when they have Sachin and Rohit. Now explain who picked for Kochi? Construction workers? Ambani assistant?

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    I agree with everyone who says that Smith isnt good enough to be in teh current starting XI. I also believe howver that Smith is growing very quickly. Remember that hes 3 yrs Warnes junior when Warne made his debut. I dont believe that hes another warne. I do believe that hes 300+ test wicket taker. Thats in terms of potential. Give him time. He will be a very good spinner. Those good balls are becoming more and more frequent. i also believe that theres a host of youngsters getting ready to make Aus a super power again. Dr.Qwert mentioned them. Stick them into the fire and theyll become battle hardened. Australias only real challenge for the future is how the idiot administrators in the country manage these youngsters. Good luck to them all.

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    Steven Smith may find it difficult to get into the NSW State Team.,Selectors do not make mistakes. There is a saying that it is difficult to get into an Australian side and more difficult to get out of it. Initially Shane Watson was selected pretty young he suffered injuries and he was in and out of the team but see now he has matured and the faith the selectors had in him was right.You never know Steve is a good fielder.

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:40 GMT

    want dada..............................................................................

  • rvrjc on April 14, 2011, 14:24 GMT

    we want dada to play in kochi................

  • on April 14, 2011, 14:10 GMT

    take saurav ganguli...come on kochi,,,

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    Common kochi this is the opportunity to sign ganguly.... u need indian batsman in the middle order...ganguly will be itching for an opportunity to play

  • on April 14, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Kochi shd replace Steven Smith with Sourav Ganguly

  • mihir_nam on April 14, 2011, 13:28 GMT

    When the hell is that Sri Lankan tour going to get announced.. Bring the fixtures out...Earlier Australia use to Announce its Home Fixture 1year ago.. BCCI want to change their tour and fixtures..and why lankans so slow..

    Fixtures are also not announced and players say they are busy..

  • on April 14, 2011, 12:46 GMT

    guess what?? smith has a bit of talent and what do we do with talent??? we should play him for NSW that is what the state comp is for to develop these youngsters so they are ready for test cricket, smith does a reasonable job in t20 cricket but in odi and test he is a liability especially with the bat if he is gonna be at 6 or 7 he is wasting a batting place. IF HE IS SOOOOOO good then why isnt he being picked as the specialist spinner and played at number 8 instead of doherty?? He is one of the better spinners we have but he is not ready for test cricket, and he has been "nurtured" too much by selectors, his spin bowling should be focussed on and improved but not through playign test cricket, he needs to be taking wickets at 30 or less in state cricket be4 being considered for test matches, and to call him "the best player since steve waugh " is wrong....waugh was a bad odi batsman and watson is a far better ODI allrounder and smith has NEVER scored a odi/test hundred or taken a 5 for

  • ingy7215 on April 14, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    Re all the comments about Steve Smith not being good enough---well he may not be up to world class with either bat or ball at the momemnt---BUT I vaguely remember eight or nine years ago a certain young brash all rounder that nearly everyone wrote off--- and now look at him--in the top two or three allrounders in the world. Of course I'm talking about Shane Watson and if all the nay sayers had their way back then we would be just like the Poms, who unearth a young talent then promptly drop him when he has a bad game or two and then he's never heard of again. There will NEVER be another Shane Warne and if I remember correctly he took quite a few years to settle in to the team so give the young fellow a break...I hope that in seven or eight years time that Steve Smith becomes a player that is first or second choice when picking the team. Well done Cricket Australia and the selectors...we can afford to carry young Smith, because he has enough potential to win a dozen matches...later on.

  • Green_and_Gold on April 14, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    hope the kid starts to find his feet. There are some very talented cricketers knocking on the door - the selectors need to be smart here and pick the best team. It wont hurt smith if he is not selected and is still playing state cricket - give him a chance to develop his game. Good luck to him - i hope he grows as a player. Where is the australian a side - would be good to see them play a few game - a team of genuine up and coming players all looking to grab the selectors attention.

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    He may turn out to be the next Bradman or Sobers for all I care but clearly isn't good enough to hold a place in this Aussie side (inspite of decline). If you tell me that there are no other promising youngsters who deserve a spot in the team, then that just makes me sad and explains a lot about what's wrong with Aussie cricket at the moment. In my opinion, players with potential need to do well at lower levels and attain a certain level of maturity to withstand the criticism that is bound to come their way and climb out the hole when they fail. (Hussey's case is the other extreme but he was just unlucky). Too many talents have been lost this way. Does he deserve a chance? Bangladesh series - Yes. Ashes - No!

  • ygkd on April 14, 2011, 11:29 GMT

    I don't quite understand how a young bloke like Smith who's got loads of energy, doesn't bowl pace and hardly bowls any game-time overs at all, needs ankle surgery unless it's the way he contorts in the delivery stride or the way he's been managed, or both. I sincerely doubt the manner in which he bats does his back any favours either. Other changes rather than surgery may be called for.

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:28 GMT

    Pls replaced by ganguly.all dada fans should be support for kochi team. Dada rocks

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @ Ken McCarron, I've switched hit before, never cleared the rope but came close a few times. Because I know a couple of trick shots can I play international cricket? Smith's eye for the ball is poor. In the Ashes the ball was zipping all over the place.... so what did Smith do? Follow the curve of the ball like it was a one-day match. Saying he is the best player since Steve Waugh is something of an insult to Steve Waugh, just like people saying he is the new Shane Warne is an insult to Warney. Where will he be in 10 years? He'll be another Shane Lee or Shaun Graf.

  • on April 14, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    Smith replaced dada.this is correct team batting is stong position

  • Dr.Qwert on April 14, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    Ken McCarron: he's the most promising talent in the country? Khawaja, Pattinson, Wade, Nic Maddinson, Cummins, Copeland, Faulkner, Lynn i'd have all of those players ahead of Smith for potential. he's getting this treatment because he's the 1st legspinner with any potential to come through since Warne retired. & regardless when playing in an ashes series or the world cup you go in with the a youth policy, you field the absolute best team you can, it'd be like an AFL club heading into a GF & deciding to blood some new players. & if you think he's in the current best 11 you're kidding yourself!

  • nabeeln on April 14, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    steven smith replaced mashrafe mortaza

  • on April 14, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    Well, what about Sehwag! He is carrying a shoulder injury in IPL and was supposed to get it fixed after world cup.

    Guess Smith atleast acres about playing for his country not just for money

  • Uri9 on April 14, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Yes need 2 drop him big time

    Need David Hussey n Brad Hodge in time very soon n also in bowling need Doug Bouglinger, Ryan Harris and Dirk nannes very soon

  • VivGilchrist on April 14, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    Ohhhhhhhhh, now it makes sense. I guess this explains we why he wasn't up to standard this summer

  • shamahn on April 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    can Sourav Ganguly replace him for Kochi Tuskers?

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Wrong, Chad Reid - Smith is easily the most promising young cricketer in the country. I remember a grade game where he swapped to left handed and hit a six. He has that good an eye! Smith has been rushed and needs more time in the Sheffield Shield but he's the best player we've had since Steve Waugh. Waugh took ages to find his feet and his record over his early games was much worse than Smith's. Look where Waugh ended up! Stop knocking these young kids whne you don't know anything about cricket!

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Showed considerable promise with the ball? 3 wickets at 40.... overrated.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Steven Smith's inclusion reflects desparation on part of Aussie selectors to have a Blonde Leg spinner after Warne. He is not ready as a Bowler and not capable to succeed as a Batsman. They unsucessfuly tried him at 7, sent him to pinch hit. They still dont bowl him his full quota of overs. So whats he in for other than being Blonde ?

  • Something_Witty on April 14, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    *sigh*, so many Smith-haters. Those who cannot see how good this kid could be are nothing more than short-sighted knee-jerks. The kind of arm-chair selectors who would never have given Symonds, Waugh, Watson, Clarke, Ponting, Hayden and Langer a go. All these players began their careers labelled as precocious talents, but failed time and time again to live up to their billing, or in some cases, didn't even do enough to justify their place in the side. But they were given opportunities and nurtured properly, and look at the things they have all achieved and are still achieving. The Smith-hating really is just shameful to see. I wish Smithy all the best with his surgery and his future career. His leggies will only get better, as will his batting.

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on April 14, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    "While doing little with the bat, Smith showed considerable promise with the ball in the just-concluded series against Bangladesh".....What ??? He returned figures of 22 overs 3/120 at a run rate of approx 5.5. Are you a member of his media cheer squad too ?

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on April 14, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    I agree with that comment 100%. He has shown he can't bat and he can't bowl, so why is he ever selected ?

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Steve Smith isnt a great player for the team. You could do with so much better.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    I know Australia is in dire need of a dependable spinner, but can you please stop harping on about his one legbreak. It was no Gatting Ball, and from what we've seen, it won't be bowled consistently. He is still an average bowler and has a lot of work ahead of him before he can be considered a good enough spinner by any team's standards (Australia's standards don't count, they're desperate).

  • chad_reid on April 14, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    PLIZ CRICKET AUSTRALIA DROP THIS GUY AND GIVE SO MANY MORE TALENTED PLAYERS TO PLAY IN HIS PLACE HOW MANY CHANCES WILL HE GET BEFORE HE GETS DROPPED HIS HAS BEEN GIVEN THE TAGG OF MOST OVERRATED PLAYER IN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET HISTORY

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  • chad_reid on April 14, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    PLIZ CRICKET AUSTRALIA DROP THIS GUY AND GIVE SO MANY MORE TALENTED PLAYERS TO PLAY IN HIS PLACE HOW MANY CHANCES WILL HE GET BEFORE HE GETS DROPPED HIS HAS BEEN GIVEN THE TAGG OF MOST OVERRATED PLAYER IN AUSTRALIAN CRICKET HISTORY

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    I know Australia is in dire need of a dependable spinner, but can you please stop harping on about his one legbreak. It was no Gatting Ball, and from what we've seen, it won't be bowled consistently. He is still an average bowler and has a lot of work ahead of him before he can be considered a good enough spinner by any team's standards (Australia's standards don't count, they're desperate).

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:10 GMT

    Steve Smith isnt a great player for the team. You could do with so much better.

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on April 14, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    I agree with that comment 100%. He has shown he can't bat and he can't bowl, so why is he ever selected ?

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on April 14, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    "While doing little with the bat, Smith showed considerable promise with the ball in the just-concluded series against Bangladesh".....What ??? He returned figures of 22 overs 3/120 at a run rate of approx 5.5. Are you a member of his media cheer squad too ?

  • Something_Witty on April 14, 2011, 8:19 GMT

    *sigh*, so many Smith-haters. Those who cannot see how good this kid could be are nothing more than short-sighted knee-jerks. The kind of arm-chair selectors who would never have given Symonds, Waugh, Watson, Clarke, Ponting, Hayden and Langer a go. All these players began their careers labelled as precocious talents, but failed time and time again to live up to their billing, or in some cases, didn't even do enough to justify their place in the side. But they were given opportunities and nurtured properly, and look at the things they have all achieved and are still achieving. The Smith-hating really is just shameful to see. I wish Smithy all the best with his surgery and his future career. His leggies will only get better, as will his batting.

  • on April 14, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    Steven Smith's inclusion reflects desparation on part of Aussie selectors to have a Blonde Leg spinner after Warne. He is not ready as a Bowler and not capable to succeed as a Batsman. They unsucessfuly tried him at 7, sent him to pinch hit. They still dont bowl him his full quota of overs. So whats he in for other than being Blonde ?

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    Showed considerable promise with the ball? 3 wickets at 40.... overrated.

  • on April 14, 2011, 9:11 GMT

    Wrong, Chad Reid - Smith is easily the most promising young cricketer in the country. I remember a grade game where he swapped to left handed and hit a six. He has that good an eye! Smith has been rushed and needs more time in the Sheffield Shield but he's the best player we've had since Steve Waugh. Waugh took ages to find his feet and his record over his early games was much worse than Smith's. Look where Waugh ended up! Stop knocking these young kids whne you don't know anything about cricket!

  • shamahn on April 14, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    can Sourav Ganguly replace him for Kochi Tuskers?