India vs Australia: Steve Smith Ruled Of T20 Series In Massive Setback To Struggling Visitors

Updated: 07 October 2017 12:44 IST

Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series, which begins today.

India vs Australia: Steve Smith Ruled Of T20 Series In Massive Setback To Struggling Visitors
Steve Smith will not play in the T20I series vs India due to a shoulder injury. © AFP

The Australian cricket team was dealt a massive blow on Saturday as captain Steve Smith was ruled out of the Twenty20 series against India due to a shoulder injury. Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series. Marcus Stoinis will replace Smith in the squad for the remainder of the series. Smith will return home and is expected to be fit for next month's Ashes.

"Smith landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday," team doctor Richard Saw stated in a Cricket Australia release.

Australia lost the fifth ODI in Nagpur by seven wickets as India completed a 4-1 series win over the world champions to reclaim the number one spot in the ICC rankings. "Following the match he complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw," Cricket Australia stated.

"Subsequently he has had an MRI scan which has excluded serious injury, but we believe the best course of action is for him to not continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow it to recover."

Smith will return to action in the domestic Sheffield Shield competition.

"He will have further investigation upon his return to Australia but we remain confident he will be available for the start of the Sheffield Shield season."

Smith had attended Australia's practice on Friday as it took place after afternoon showers forced India to abandon their session for a second successive day.

Australia have looked out of sorts in the limited-overs series and with the skipper being ruled out, it will be a big task for Warner to salvage some pride ahead of next month's Ashes.

(With inputs from PTI)

Topics : India Australia Steven Peter Devereux Smith Cricket India vs Australia 2017-18
Highlights
  • India beat Australia 4-1 in the ODI series
  • Smith was ruled out of the T20I series on Saturday
  • The 1st India-Australia T20I will be played in Ranchi
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