Australia news May 9, 2013

Injured Steven Smith returns from IPL

ESPNcricinfo staff

Steven Smith is expected to be fit for the upcoming Australia A series in England despite suffering a back injury that has forced his withdrawal from the remainder of the IPL.

Cricket Australia on Thursday confirmed that Smith was returning home from India due to the issue with his lower back, which was likely to make him unavailable for any more matches with Pune Warriors. However, his role as vice-captain to Brad Haddin for the Australia A games, which begin on June 7, is not expected to be in doubt.

"While the injury is minor, Pune respected Smith's upcoming playing commitments and advised it was best for him to return to Australia for treatment," Cricket Australia said in a statement. "CA expects Smith to be fully fit for his upcoming commitments with Australia A, where he will be vice-captain."

Smith missed out on a place in Australia's Ashes squad despite being one of the strongest performers with the bat on the recent Test tour of India, where his footwork against the spinners put him second only to captain Michael Clarke on Australia's batting averages.

He has also topped the average for Pune Warriors so far in their IPL campaign with 159* runs at 39.75.

*07.45GMT, May 9: The article had incorrectly stated Smith aggregated 161 in IPL 2013

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  • far on May 12, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    While the injury is minor he will still have it on June 7

  • Anupam on May 10, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    IPL is having better management than CA. Australians players are respected and trust over them. Finch, Hodge, D.Hussey as a captain really great support. M.Hussey playing without any fear to being dropped, M.Johnson powerful bowling and he is the only man who stops the gayle, Watto's all-round cricket, use of Faulkner. Great management motivation and trust over Players.

  • Anupam on May 10, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    He is the Future captain of Australia. Get well soon Fella. We want to see you in White jersey upfront to the toss and standing in slip. After Clarke you have to start with Zero. Best of Luck.

  • Cyril on May 10, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Can't believe a few people want Smith in the Ashes team! His technique is so one-day: hanging the bat outside off, playing well away from his body. This might have been good enough briefly in India on slow, flat tracks, but in England it would be a disaster.

    Luckily the Aussie selectors know this and didn't pick him, despite the poor form and lack of talent in the middle order.

    The A tour isn't exactly challenging: Scotland, Ireland and Gloucestershire! Can't see the benefit of this myself. It seems Cricket Australia are keeping a pool of reserve players nearby in anticipation of the others failing.

  • Mark on May 10, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @Mervo - You seem to be implying that he missed matches to play the IPL. The Aussie season is over, there is no Australia or Australia A tours at the moment. At best he could have been playing county cricket in England, which admittedly would have helped his chances of being called into the Ashes squad if he performed well, and you could say the same for everyone who is currently at the IPL.

  • James on May 9, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    @TheUltimateTruth, why would you need any special plan for Monty? His stats are worse than Lyons, and at the wrong side of 30, he ain't getting any better. He couldn't take a wicket to save his life in NZ. I have noted a great tendency to overrate the English team, and a great tendency to underrate the Australian team. This will be a close and hard-fought series.

  • venkat on May 9, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Next only to Clarke, he might be the best against Swann and Monty. But I didn't expect Aus to select him. They have a different way of going about things. Hussey's retirement was telling in the level of support Cric Aus offers its players.

  • Hamish on May 9, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    @ozcricketwriter, i suggest you look at smith playing pace, then try and make that statement again.

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Well I just hope he is right for the A tour, Aus needs all its young batsmen there doing well and gathering up the experience.

  • D on May 9, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    "He has also topped the average for Pune Warriors so far in their IPL campaign with 161 runs at 39.75."

    Am I the only one who thought that the average was odd?? Did he have 4.05 dismissals?

    Actually it is 159 runs, so average is correct. how did article convert 159 to 161 is a mystery:)

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