Smith missed Australia’s three one-day internationals against England this month, having been hit in the head while taking throw downs in the Manchester nets on the eve of game one. He passed multiple concussion tests but Australian team management took a cautious approach with him, particularly as he looked scratchy in the nets on the eve of game three.
Now in the United Arab Emirates, where he will skipper the Royals, coach Andrew McDonald, who is also Justin Langer’s senior assistant coach with the Australian team, declared on Monday night that Smith would take on the Chennai Super Kings, featuring Australians Josh Hazlewood and Shane Watson, in Sharjah.
“[It’s] fantastic news that Steve is available. It’s fantastic, especially on the back of some setbacks back in the UK,” McDonald said.