Steve Smith has worried the Australia team management after he chose to leave training only after 10 minutes. The great Aussie batsman was practising at Adelaide ahead of the first Test against India. 10 minutes into the training Smith complaint of back soreness and decided to go early.
Australia is already without David Warner for the first test and if Smith is also ruled out for the pink ball Test it will be a massive blow to Australia. Smith has a terrific record against India in Test cricket which he was keen to improve in the upcoming Test series. However, the scenes at the Adelaide Oval just 3 days away from the first Test didn’t seem promising.
Steve Smith Suffering From Back Soreness
According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Steve Smith trained for only 10 minutes and after his routine warm-up elected to leave the fielding after speaking to the Australia physio. The Cricket Australia (CA) spokesperson has asserted that Smith’s back soreness is currently being assessed and he will not take any further part in training today.
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Meanwhile, the Aussies usually don’t keep suspense regarding their playing XI and decide to announce it one day before the Test match. However this time Australia may hold the announcement for the day and night Test and wait till Smith is wholly fit. Smith is presently ranked the number 1 Test batsman in ICC rankings and averages over 62 with the bat in Test cricket.
Furthermore, team India has also begun their training at Adelaide ahead of the opening Test match. The likes of captain Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara all took part in the net session today and fine-tuned their skills against the moving pink ball. The first day and night Test between the two great rivals will begin on December 17 at Adelaide Oval.