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Shoulder injury sidelines Smith for T20 series

Shoulder injury sidelines Smith for T20 series

Despite a short spell in the nets, skipper Steve Smith has been ruled unfit to play in the India T20 series. Smith himself struggled to make an impact, scoring 142 runs in the series.

After discussions with Australia team doctor Richard Saw and physic Alex Kountouris as well as selector Mark Waugh, coach David Saker and head of team performance Pat Howard, Smith then headed for further investigations on the problem.

Ranchi: They are two teams with two different targets when the three-match T20 series between India and Australia starts here Saturday. Although there are no long-term issues, in the absence of Smith, Warner will take over as captain and will see Glenn Maxwell earn a promotion as well. The hosts won the five-match One-day global series with a 4-1 win to reclaim the number one spot. He is expected to be fit for the start of the Sheffield Shield season. But we believe the best course of action is for him to not continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow it to recover.

With Australia having lost the ODI series 4-1, there are questions about the team's morale.




Australia's success in the series will also depend on their pace bowling department comprising of the likes of Patrick Cummins, Behrendorff, Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.

The other notable selections in Australia's squad are veteran all-rounders Dan Christian and Moises Henriques, who are fighting to keep their global careers alive.

In the three ODIs they opened the batting, they put on first-wicket stands of 70, 231 and 66.

With a staggering 9-4 head-to-head record in favor of the hosts and a 3-0 clean sweep in their previous meeting in Australia in January past year, India definitely looks a formidable unit going into the October 7 encounter at the Jharkhand Cricket Association International Stadium here. "Once we practice, we will have an idea (about the conditions)", India pacer Jasprit Bumrah said at the match-eve news conference. "Both the Aussie openers have regained their form in the ODI series and if they are there till 10 or 15 overs, they can win the match for Australia", he said. "It's a turnaround. I was looking to probably retire and accept a job with Kookaburra company".


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