Australia Test captain Tim Paine on Monday urged Steve Smith not to rush his comeback from injury to ensure he is fit for the Ashes, even if it meant missing the Twenty20 World Cup.

“What’s important for me is that he’s fit to go, whether that’s at the T20 World Cup or the Ashes,” Paine said on a Zoom call.

“Obviously from a selfish point of view, I would love him to be 100 per cent fit and if that means he misses that tournament (World Cup) then so be it.”

“But Steve is a professional, he’ll know where his body is at and if he doesn’t feel like he’s right then he’ll make the right call,” he added.

“It’s important now that he takes the time to get it right, not just for the Ashes but to prolong his career for another four or five or six years.”

Smith is a crucial cog in Australia’s drive to retain the urn after its gripping 2019 series in England, where he was the standout performer on…

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