Australia news May 9, 2013

Injured Steven Smith returns from IPL

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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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  • POSTED BY farkin on | May 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 10, 2013, 10:51 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 10, 2013, 10:40 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.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | May 10, 2013, 9:30 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.

  • POSTED BY Someguy on | May 10, 2013, 5:06 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.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | May 9, 2013, 14:44 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.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 9, 2013, 10:04 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | May 9, 2013, 9:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 8:52 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.

  • POSTED BY DKan on | May 9, 2013, 8:05 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:)

  • POSTED BY farkin on | May 12, 2013, 5:35 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 10, 2013, 10:51 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.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | May 10, 2013, 10:40 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.

  • POSTED BY Cyril_Knight on | May 10, 2013, 9:30 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.

  • POSTED BY Someguy on | May 10, 2013, 5:06 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.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | May 9, 2013, 14:44 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.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 9, 2013, 10:04 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | May 9, 2013, 9:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 8:52 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.

  • POSTED BY DKan on | May 9, 2013, 8:05 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:)

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 9, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Smith should have been in the Ashes. Perhaps the selectors weren't so terrible in dumping him - perhaps they were psychic in knowing that he was about to break down with injury?

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    PWI has lost one of their consistent performing players, other than Bhuvi :'(

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | May 9, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Will probably miss the Ashes anyway. Still he wanted to play the hit and miss stuff in the IPL and not the real deal. His choice.

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | May 9, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    don't use the aussie physios steve, they'll only make it worse!! I mean if the Aussies Performance Manager didn't get fired for his Shane Watson comments, or keeping the aussie bowlers in a constant state of injury, what will it take?!

  • POSTED BY Venkiviru on | May 9, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    GR8 innovative player...bt unlucky to miss ashes

  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 9, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Another IPL-injury. "..Pune respected Smith's upcoming playing commitments.." - well its not like they were seriously in contention for a semi spot!

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  • POSTED BY Meety on | May 9, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Another IPL-injury. "..Pune respected Smith's upcoming playing commitments.." - well its not like they were seriously in contention for a semi spot!

  • POSTED BY Venkiviru on | May 9, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    GR8 innovative player...bt unlucky to miss ashes

  • POSTED BY Big_Maxy_Walker on | May 9, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    don't use the aussie physios steve, they'll only make it worse!! I mean if the Aussies Performance Manager didn't get fired for his Shane Watson comments, or keeping the aussie bowlers in a constant state of injury, what will it take?!

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | May 9, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Will probably miss the Ashes anyway. Still he wanted to play the hit and miss stuff in the IPL and not the real deal. His choice.

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    PWI has lost one of their consistent performing players, other than Bhuvi :'(

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | May 9, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Smith should have been in the Ashes. Perhaps the selectors weren't so terrible in dumping him - perhaps they were psychic in knowing that he was about to break down with injury?

  • POSTED BY DKan on | May 9, 2013, 8:05 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:)

  • POSTED BY on | May 9, 2013, 8:52 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.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | May 9, 2013, 9:39 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 9, 2013, 10:04 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.