Vertigo presents potential obstacle for Steven Smith in ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 opener against Afghanistan

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An uncertain Steven Smith is in question for Australia’s upcoming match against Afghanistan due to ongoing issues with vertigo. Smith expressed his discomfort on the eve of the game, stating that he was “not feeling great at present” but was optimistic that he would be fit for the match.

“I’ve had a bit of vertigo stuff the last day or so, so it’s just been a bit annoying,” Smith mentioned before training. “Hopefully I can get through training today and be all good. But, yeah, it’s not a nice place to be. Occasionally, I’ve had a few episodes [before], so I can tell you it’s not the funnest space to be in, but yeah, I’ll go out and have a hit [in the nets] and hopefully be okay and we’ll see how we go.”

Smith seemed to initially handle the situation well, batting in the nets without any visible discomfort. However, he later appeared unwell and had to leave the field with the help of support staff. This is not the first time Smith has experienced issues with vertigo, as he dealt with it during recovery from a previous concussion.

In this World Cup, Smith has not performed at his best, with inconsistent innings and only one half-century to his name. Despite this, he expressed hope for an improvement in his performance as the tournament progresses.

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