Steven Smith builds up nicely and his elbow responds well, Phil Jaques reveals

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New South Wales head coach Phil Jaques has revealed that Steven Smith’s rehab is going quite well and his elbow is responding well to the ongoing training. He also added that the effort is to build up slowly so that he doesn’t push his body too hard, but things are gradually getting on the right track.

Australian star batsman Steven Smith is currently missing international cricket due to his elbow rehab. He was not named in the white-ball series against the West Indies and Bangladesh. His elbow problem had flared up after the test series against India earlier this year. And the pain intensified when he performed for the Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL, which was postponed due to the COVID outbreak.

He is currently undergoing rehabilitation as he hopes to return to professional cricket with domestic matches coming up. New South Wales head coach Phil Jacques gave an update on the progress of his elbow problem, stating that he is building up well and his elbow is responding well.

“He’s built it up nicely. He’s been very conscientious about his rehab and in terms of how long he does it, he builds up his time, which is great and his elbow is responding really well to it,” Phil Jaques told ESPNcricinfo.

The former Aussie opener also revealed that they have taken a slow and steady approach to help Smith with his comeback. Jacques remains hopeful about the senior batsman who will be appearing for the New South Wales squad in the national season.

“We’ve taken it very slowly with him to make sure we don’t get too many setbacks by pushing too hard, but we’re gradually ramping things up. He’s definitely going in the right direction, he’s not going backwards. Hopefully he’ll go down.” “I’m ready to go as soon as the season starts. I don’t think he really got rid of it last time so it came back… hopefully if he gets the tolerance through the tendon he needs then he should be able to control it.”

Previously, Australia’s No. 4 test had made it clear that he would give the Ashes priority over this year’s T20 World Cup. And if he does indeed miss the ICC mega event, he could potentially play five Sheffield Shield games before the one-off Test against Afghanistan at the end of November.

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