Rising Pune Supergiants batsman Steve Smith on Monday ruled out of the Indian Premier League with a wrist injury and will return home for treatment ahead of the tour to the West Indies. Cricket Australia said Smith had laboured due to pain in his right wrist for the past week while playing for Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League.
Australia’s sports science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said, “Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL. We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved. As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.”
“From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May.”
Australia begin the tri-series in Guyana on June 6 against South Africa before facing the hosts four days later at the same venue. The round-robin tournament sees teams play three matches against each opponent, with the top two advancing to the final on June 26 in Barbados.
Steve Smith is the fourth player from the Rising Pune Supergiants side to join the list of injured players after Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and Mitchell Marsh.
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