Steve Smith could miss 2019 World Cup, David Warner expected to return to Australia side: Report

Steve Smith is likely to miss the 2019 World Cup in order to recover from elbow injury to get ready for the Ashes.

FirstCricket Staff, Feb 05, 2019 15:29:06 IST

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 currently serving a one-year ban for the ball-tampering scandal, to international cricket could be delayed due to the elbow surgery he underwent last month.

While Smith's suspension ends on 29 March, he will not return to international cricket immediately targeting the World Cup as Cricket Australia (CA) is planning to bring him back into international cricket with Ashes, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.

Steve Smith could miss 2019 World Cup, David Warner expected to return to Australia side: Report

File image of Steve Smith. Twitter @cricketcomau

Such a situation has risen due to the severity of Smith's elbow injury which he suffered while playing the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Comilla Victorians. The 29-year-old underwent surgery last month and need to undergo extensive rehabilitation and the management doesn't want to rush his return to international cricket.

Instead of taking Smith to the World Cup the CA is pondering over the idea to make him play for Australia A or one of the English county sides at the time of the ICC event.

"We've got to keep working on how they are with their elbows, first. They're going to need to get some cricket before coming back into the squad. It's all part of the management. We'll have to wait and see," Justin Langer, Australia coach was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

Meanwhile, David Warner, who also suffered a minor elbow injury while playing in the BPL, is expected to recover in time to be the part of the ODI side for the series against Pakistan in UAE after his ban ends. He's also expected to make the trip to England and Wales for the World Cup

Updated Date: Feb 05, 2019 15:29:06 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
India 9 7 1 1 15
Australia 9 7 2 0 14
England 9 6 3 0 12
New Zealand 9 5 3 1 11
Pakistan 9 5 3 1 11
Sri Lanka 9 3 4 2 8
South Africa 9 3 5 1 7
Bangladesh 9 3 5 1 7
West Indies 9 2 6 1 5
Afghanistan 9 0 9 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254