Steve Smith, Australia’s backbone of their batting line-up, has suffered a heartbreaking piece of news. Steve Smith will have to wait longer to reunite with his wife, Dani Willis, due to the new COVID-19 restrictions imposed by Cricket Australia. The former Australian skipper has been away from his family since the end of August when he travelled to England.
Steve Smith flew to England to partake in three T20Is and as many ODIs in September; however, he could not play the 50-over games due to concussion. The IPL 2020 followed shortly after that as he led the Rajasthan Royals during the same. He returned to Australia to participate in the limited-overs games before the Test series. Notably, the right-handed batsman is the only Australian player to feature in all three T20Is and three ODIs.
Steve Smith was understandably waiting desperately for the reunion with his wife before COVID-19 spoilt their plans. Until now, Cricket Australia agreed to allow their partners to join the cricketers in the bubble after a three-day quarantine. However, they had to alter it after Sydney witnessed a fresh surge of COVID-19 cases. Hence, Smith and Dani have to wait before seeing each other.
Dani Willis did land in Melbourne from Sydney; however, Victoria shut its borders to all the residents of Greater Sydney for Christmas. The same also put the third Test against India in doubt, which is to be hosted by Sydney. Last week, Steve Smith also took to his official Instagram account and expressed excitement over getting to meet his wife for the first time in months after seven days.
Steve Smith’s terrific form in ODIs against India:
While Steve Smith might have suffered a slight dip in form, he was in terrific form during the ODI series. The New South Wales batsman hammered 62-ball centuries in the first two ODIs that helped Australia flatten India to win the ODI series. Smith, who is the number one Test batsman, managed only two runs in the first Test in Adelaide and he would be keen to get it right in the upcoming matches.