After Smith, Warner to undergo elbow surgery on Tuesday

Banned former Australian batsman David Warner is expected to undergo minor surgery on his elbow Tuesday after returning home from the Bangladesh Premier League with an injury.

Warner, former skipper Steve Smith and batsman Cameron Bancroft, was suspended from international cricket over a ball-tampering scandal during a Test match in South Africa last March. The pair’s bans end on March 29 and there had been some hope they could return in a one-day series against Pakistan in the UAE. Bancroft’s has already finished.

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The 32-year-old returned to Australia last week following a stint with the Sylhet Sixers in the Bangladesh Twenty20 tournament after he reported pain in his right elbow.

While Warner’s franchise is yet to confirm the extent of injury to the left-handed opening batsman, a report in Fox Sports Australia claims that the injury will keep the tainted cricketer out of action for a period of 1 month. This means that he is out of the current BPL campaign but would be able to participate in the Indian Premier League season 12, unlike his former skipper Steve Smith, who is out with an elbow injury too but for a longer period.

Smith’s injury could affect his chances of being picked in the national side for the World Cup starting in May, as well as the Ashes series – also in England – later this year.

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