Steve Smith and David Warner’s preparations for their long-awaited World Cup returns could both be thrown into chaos, with the latter set to follow his ex-skipper home from Bangladesh with an elbow injury. Just six days after Smith left the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to have surgery on his elbow, Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed Warner would also head home to seek medical assessment on the same joint.
But while Smith faces a prolonged period on the sideline, Warner’s outlook appears somewhat better – with the opener free to play two more games in Bangladesh before heading home on Monday. “David has reported some pain in his right elbow,” a CA spokesman said. “He will return to Australia on Monday January 21 to be assessed, but is expected to play in remaining BPL matches until his return.