Surgery for disgraced Smith
Steve Smith's return to international cricket after a 12-month ban might be delayed due to elbow surgery.
The ex-Australia skipper was handed the year-long sanction for his part in the infamous ball-tampering scandal that rocked last year's Test series with South Africa.
The 29-year-old was banned from state and international cricket but is free to play in tournaments around the world.
He has been doing that and recently took part in the Bangladesh Premier League before returning for scans on his troublesome arm.
It is not known how long he will be out of action for after a Cricket Australia spokesperson revealed the news.
"Steve Smith will have surgery to repair a ligament in his right elbow," he said. "He is expected to wear a brace for six weeks before starting rehabilitation.
"Return-to-play timeframes will be clearer once the brace has been removed."
Smith is expected to go straight back into the struggling Baggy Greens' Test side although he must wait for another 12 months before being considered for the captaincy under the terms of his ban.
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