Australia's star batter Steve Smith has been experiencing symptoms of vertigo as the five-time champions prepare to take on Afghanistan on Tuesday in the 2023 World Cup clash in Mumbai. However, the right-hander remains hopeful of being fit for the clash, especially with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs.
The 34-year-old is arguably a vital cog in Australia's batting line-up as he is good in manipulating the gaps and control the flow of wickets. The former Aussie captain scored a vital 44 in the previous game against England in Ahmedabad after the openers departed cheaply. Nevertheless, with only 205 runs in 7 matches, Smith will be keen for a big score.
Smith stated that vertigo symptoms is not a good place to be in and is hoping to be available to face Afghanistan in a crunch match. As quoted by cricket.com.au, he stated:
"I've had a bit of vertigo stuff for the last day or so. It's a bit annoying. Hopefully I can get through training and I'm all good. But it's not a nice place to be. I think I'll be ok. I'm not feeling great at present. I've had a few episodes. I can tell you it's not a fun space to be in. But I'll go out and have a hit hopefully I'm ok."
Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh expected to return to the XI:
However, Smith's likely absence could be offset by the returns of Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh - both of whom missed the clash against England in Ahmedabad. Maxwell could not play the game due to concussion, while Marsh had returned home on the eve of his grandfather's demise.
Nevertheless, Marcus Stoinis and Cameron Green made invaluable contributions with the bat as Australia registered their 5th consecutive win in the World Cup.