Steven Smith could get late Ashes call-up

Steven Smith is Australia A’s leading run-scorer on their current tour of the British Isles © Getty Images

Sydney: Jun 20, 2013

Australia cricketer Steven Smith is reportedly expected to be included as a reserve batsman for the Ashes squad following captain Michael Clarke‘s ongoing back injury and opener David Warner’s suspension.

Named captain of the Australia A tour to Zimbabwe and South Africa in July and August, Smith is also the leading run-scorer for the A side on their current tour of the British Isles.

According to news.com.au, Cricket Australia‘s high performance manager Pat Howard said, “The inclusion of any of those A team players at the conclusion of the Gloucestershire game is a possibility.”

“We have to get that Gloucestershire game out of the way and then look at people’s movements over the next couple of weeks. But we’re not going to put barriers in the way of the Ashes team getting the best preparation they can,” he added.

(With inputs from ANI)