Steven Smith during net sessions on the eve of South Africa clash at Barbados. Photo courtesy: cricket.com.au
Steven Smith during net sessions on the eve of South Africa clash at Barbados. Photo courtesy: cricket.com.au

Steven Smith will play Australia’s crucial encounter against South Africa at Barbados on Sunday despite of the quad strain he has been suffering from. Australia have two defeats and two wins so far with two matches to go before the final in the Tri-Nations Series also involving West Indies. In order to make it to the final, Sunday’s match is a must-win game for both the sides. However, the quad injury Smith suffered while scoring 74 against West Indies in St Kitts is clearly not serious. Smith who missed two training sessions trained well on the eve of the match and was the last one to leave the nets at Kensington Oval. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 7th ODI Match

According to cricket.com.au, the Australian skipper has suggested that he understands his body very well these days and he surely can handle minor injuries. “I think I can manage it. It’s been a bit sore but I’ll have a run around today. It’s one of those injuries where I might not be able to go at 100 per cent, but I think I’ll be right for the game.”

The Australian top-order already faced a blow in between the series when their most-dependable batsman and opener David Warner was ruled out due to a broken finger. And that left Smith as their key player against the Proteas on Sunday. “”I hope so. We’ll just have to wait and see how it goes … we’ll just play it by ear,” Smith added.

This is the second time Smith has injured himself in the last couple of months. He was forced to leave Rising Pune Supergiants midway of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 due to a wrist injury. He had dealt with knee and hip niggles during the previous summer.

Smith will want to be fully fit before Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka for the Test series that starts on July 26. “We have a pretty full on schedule, there’s always lots on so you don’t get those opportunities too often to get a big pre-season in. You have to run with it. That’s part of playing international sport, particularly playing cricket for Australia. Sri Lanka is still a fair way away, it’s about five weeks until the first Test match there … the body has been pretty good,” he added.