Aaron Finch and Steve Smith expected to return for T20 World Cup

Aaron Finch and Steve Smith, Australia’s white-ball captains, are recuperating well from their injuries and should be available for the T20 World Cup this year. The latter is also anticipated to play in the second half of the Indian Premier League, which begins next month in the United Arab Emirates.

Smith had been dogged by a left elbow issue that flare up last summer and continued to affect him during the IPL’s early stages earlier this year, forcing him to withdraw from previous tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh but he still played in six games for the Delhi Capitals. Smith is expected to be available for the resumption of the IPL in the UAE next month, with his recovery advancing to the point that the famously meticulous coach is already batting in the nets for an hour at a time at New South Wales training.

“It seems to be going really well. I know that he’s(Smith) been building up his batting time over the last couple of weeks – I know that would have been difficult to have a time limit on his net times, from all reports he’s been really strict with that, making sure he doesn’t overdo his elbow so it hinders his rehab,” Finch stated.

The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was suspended in May due to the coronavirus pandemic in India, but it has since been rescheduled to finish the remaining games in the UAE between September 19 and October 15, just two days before the T20 World Cup, which has also been relocated from India to the region.

Australia is in Group 1 alongside England, South Africa, the West Indies, and two additional qualifiers. They have now lost their previous five bilateral T20I series, falling 1-4 to the West Indies and Bangladesh.

In the absence of Finch, Smith, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, and Marcus Stoinis, Australia’s batting line-up has struggled, and the latter four will try to prepare for the T20 World Cup by playing in the remainder of the IPL 2021.