Steve Smith surgery goes 'very well', on track for World Cup

Tim Paine,Steve Smith,David Warner

Steve Smith surgery goes 'very well', on track for World Cup

The ball-tampering scandal, which led to year-long bans for Smith and Warner and nine months in exile for Cameron Bancroft, led to Australia changing its cricketing culture and toning down its aggressive sledging.

A major setback seems to be in store for Australia ahead of 2019 World Cup as the return of former skipper Steve Smith, who is now serving a one-year ban for the ball-tampering scandal, to global cricket could be delayed due to the elbow surgery he underwent last month.

On the other hand, Smith's manager Warren Craig of Turning Point Management, has opined that Smith is still using the brace and that his elbow surgery had "gone very well".

"Until the brace comes off we don't know for sure but all current opinion is that he'll then have about three and a half weeks (before being ready to play)", Craig told cricket.com.au. "I think those two have got plenty of runs in the bank if you like", Paine said when asked if they could slot straight back in.

Tim Paine says he expects banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner to play a "huge" role in this year's Ashes series against England.

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"We're talking about two great players".

Langer said about the two players: "We've got to keep working on how they are with their elbows, first". It's all part of the management.

While Smith is expected to be fit in time for the quadrennial tournament, reports coming out of Australia suggest that the cricket board is not keen on Smith participating in the World Cup. He looks set to be part of the ODI series squad against Pakistan in UAE immediately after his ban ends. The 29-year-old was then expected to make the Australian squad for the ICC World Cup that starts late May but ESPNCricinfo is reporting that Cricket Australia are instead planning Smith's return from injury with a focus on The Ashes, instead of the World Cup.

Warner's injury is considered less serious, with the left-hander only requiring a clean out of his elbow. "They'll find opportunities. We'll find opportunities".

The World Cup scheduled from May 30 to July 14, with Australia to also take on England in an Ashes series from August.

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