Star Australian batter Steve Smith has said that he is feeling much better now after recently taking a cortisone injection for his prolonged wrist injury that affected his batting performance. He has said that the injection has made a huge difference and that he is largely pain-free as well. However, The veteran had reportedly suffered a wrist injury while fielding on the final day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in July which troubled him throughout the final three Tests as Smith made fifties in either innings at the Kia Oval as well.
In a recent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Smith said: “I was in a brace for a couple of weeks, just trying to limit the movement, which once I got that off, it hadn’t really made a big difference to be honest. Then I got a cortisone in it last Thursday, and that has made a big difference. So I’ve had a couple of sessions back batting now and it feels pretty normal. Hopefully, I don’t need another one and it just settles it down.”
However, he was included in the squad for the limited-overs tour of South Africa but pulled out at the last minute but he is expected to be fit for the 2023 World Cup, where they will open their campaign against India on October 8 as well.
“I think I average 55 at three, or something like that, so it’s definitely my preferred spot. But I’ll do whatever the team needs. White-ball cricket, you’d love to bat as high as you can, so we’ll see what they want to do. When you look at World Cups as opposed to the standard bilateral series, I reckon the scores naturally come down a little bit anyway, with the extra pressure of big games and things like that. Then you throw in the mix that wickets are going to be wearing and turning,” Steve Smith concluded.