India v/s Australia: Steve Smith out of T20 series due to shoulder injury, David Warner to lead – Steve Smith injured his right shoulder while diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday.
Steve Smith will return home to recover before the Ashes. (PTI file photo)
Australia were delivered a big blow just before the start of their T20 series against India as captain Steve Smith was ruled out of the series due to a shoulder injury.
Smith will return home and is expected to be fit for next month’s Ashes series. Cricket Australia confirmed that vice-captain David Warner will stand in as captain for the three-match series, which begins in Ranchi on Saturday.
Marcus Stoinis will replace Smith in the squad for the remainder of the series.
“Smith landed awkwardly on his right shoulder while diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday,” team doctor Richard Saw said.
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 PTI Inputs)