Steve Smith returned to the nets after elbow surgery as Australia coach Justin Langer hopes that the banned former captain and his deputy David Warner will be fit for the Indian Premier League (IPL), starting March 23.
Interestingly, Smith and Warner’s IPL franchises have been scheduled to play against each other the day their Cricket Australia suspensions end. The schedule for the first two weeks of the IPL was released in February, dishing up a contest between Smith’s Rajasthan Royals and Warner’s SunRisers Hyderabad on March 29.
Smith went under the knife in January after being forced to drop out of the Bangladesh Premier League with a ligament problem. He has been in a brace since, but picked up a bat again and had a session at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Thursday.
“Great to have my first hit back. The elbow is feeling good,” Smith posted to his 1.4 million Instagram followers with a short video early Friday.