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Steven Smith to Play Against South Africa Despite Injury

Australia team management in confident and said Steve Smith will play against South Africa in a Tri-Nation series encounter on Monday despite sitting out training for the second consecutive day due to a thigh problem.

Cricketnext Staff |Cricketnext |June 18, 2016, 10:57 AM IST
Steven Smith to Play Against South Africa Despite Injury

Australia team management in confident and said Steve Smith will play against South Africa in a Tri-Nation series encounter on Monday despite sitting out training for the second consecutive day due to a thigh problem.

On Friday, the Australian side had a full two hours fielding session before their main training session on Saturday and Smith was a spectator for both the sessions.

The Australian skipper experienced tightness in the right quad during their previous match against West Indies in St Kitts last Tuesday and had his leg strapped by physiotherapist David Beakley during the match. But he was clearly unaffected during the game at Warner Park, posting a polished 74 before fielding during the run chase.

He had been expected to bat at Saturday's training but despite missing out again, he's confident of batting in the nets on Sunday and is considered in no doubt for the match against the Proteas.

"I know it's all precautionary and he'll be ready to go for Sunday's clash. I'm sure he's raring to go and to hit a few cricket balls, " fast-bowler Mitchell Starc was quoted by cricket.com.au.

With David Warner already ruled out of the series due to a broken finger, Smith’s side-line will only affect Australia’s chances of making it to the final of the Tri-Nation Series.

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