Sydney, July 3 (IANS) Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has said he is willing to sacrifice his participation in the ICC T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates if it can help him stay in shape for the ashes starting on December 8th.
Smith had to withdraw from the current series of white balls in the Caribbean and Bangladesh due to a left elbow injury, but he is hoping to recover in time for the T20 World Cup, which is scheduled to run from October 17. to November 14th.
“There’s still some time between now and (the T20 World Cup) and I’m tracking okay at the moment – it’s slow but I’m going okay,” Smith told cricket.com.au on Friday.
“I would very much like to be a part of the World Cup, but from my point of view, Test cricket, that is my primary goal – to be right in the Ashes and try to emulate what I have done the last few Ashes series I have been involved in, ”Added Smith.
Australia will look to unpack the urn for a third series in a row for the first time since 2002-03.
Smith, the world’s No. 2 ranked Test batsman, has so far scored 1,969 runs in 14 games in the last three series and chopped for eight centuries.
“I want to put myself in a position where I can have that kind of influence. If that does not mean we are not participating in the World Cup, then we will have to go that way, but hopefully we will not have to go there, ”said Smith.
Smith said his elbow problem began when he changed his stroke grip last summer.
“I was still not 100 percent (under IPL), it still bothered me a bit, and I played out there with medication – took some painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs every time I hit. It got to a point where it didn’t really improve much and it probably got a little worse while I was over there. ”
Smith, who played six games for the Delhi Capitals before the IPL was suspended on May 4, is currently resting at home and working on his rehabilitation.