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Steven Smith ruled out of IPL with a wrist injury

Steven Smith ruled out of IPL with a wrist injury
Steven Smith scored 270 runs from eight matches at an average of 45.
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The Rising Pune Supergiants franchise have been dealt yet another injury blow in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as Australian skipper Steven Smith is set to return home with a wrist injury.

In a Cricket Australia (CA) media release, Sports Science and Sports Medicine Manager Alex Kountouris confirmed that Smith was suffering from pain in his wrist since the last week.

However, since the pain did not resolve, CA has decided to fly Smith back to Australia in order to allow for him to recover ahead of the international season.

“Steve has been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the last week during his stint in the IPL,” Kountouris said in the CA release.

“We have been working with his IPL franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved.

“As such, he will return home from India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the Qantas Tour of the West Indies.

“From the information we have so far, this doesn’t appear to be a serious injury but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate before heading to the West Indies at the end of May.”

The CA release further revealed that an update over Smith’s condition will be released in the upcoming week.

Smith has been a crucial player for the Rising Pune Supergiants with 270 runs from eight games at an average of 45.00 including a century.

Smith now joins Kevin Pietersen, Faf du Plessis and his fellow Australian teammate Mitchell Marsh in the list of injured foreign players of the Rising Pune Supergiants team.

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