Former Australia skipper Steve Smith returned to the nets for the first time since his elbow injury as the swashbuckler attempts to be fit for the upcoming 2019 World Cup, starting May 30.
The Australian batsman took to Instagram to post a video of him having a crack in the nets. Here's what Smith wrote,'Great to have my first hit back today. The elbow is feeling good!'
Smith and David Warner, who are nearing their 12-month suspension for the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town, returned early from the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League due to injuries.
Smith may have returned to the nets but his return to action is still unclear. Despite his suspension ending on March 29, which is the day when Australia play Pakistan in the 4th ODI in UAE, Smith is unlikely to don the Australian jersey just yet.
Warner, on the other hand, might as well be overlooked but it is highly likely that the swashbuckler will feature in the Indian Premier League which begins March 23.
" From all accounts, they should both be ready for the IPL, which is really positive," Australia coach Justin Langer said in India, according to ESPNcricinfo. "Dave's probably a little more advanced but my understanding is they'll be ready to go in the not-too-distant future."
Cameron Bancroft, who was also a part of the ball-tampering scandal, returned to professional cricket at the end of December after serving his 9-month suspension. He featured in the Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers and also made an impressive return in first-class cricket.