Sydney - Australia's
Steve Smith has brushed aside concerns for his surgically repaired
elbow after landing awkwardly from a stunning diving catch in the Indian
Smith, who is due to play in the Cricket World Cup starting later this month,
helped his Rajasthan Royals to victory on Sunday when he took an
outstretched catch to his right off a mistimed hit from international
compatriot David Warner.
The former Australian captain landed heavily on the right elbow that underwent a major operation in January.
"All good, I just landed on it quite heavily, more heavily than I had
landed on it previously," Smith said on Tuesday ahead of his next IPL
clash with the Royal Challengers in Bangalore.
"From the surgery I have still got some scar tissue and stuff in
there and just the impact of the landing affected it a little bit, but
there is nothing wrong with it, all good," Cricket Australia's official
website reported him saying.
Smith and Warner were last month selected in defending champions
Australia's World Cup squad following their year-long bans for
The duo have enjoyed a solid comeback in the IPL, with
Warner in blistering form, topping the competition batting rankings with
692 runs from 12 innings.
Smith has been restricted to close fielding positions throughout the IPL as his elbow recovers.
"I am throwing at probably 70 or 80 percent. A couple of weeks and I
should be back to throwing at 100 percent," he said, adding that his
elbow rehab was "going really well".
Smith and Warner will officially return to Australian colours when
they head to Brisbane for a training camp this week to prepare for the
The World Cup starts on May 30 in England and Wales.