The Australian skipper Steven Smith has been ruled out of the T20 series against India due to a shoulder problem. In the final ODI at Nagpur, Smith had landed awkwardly on his shoulder and the team management doesn’t want to risk Smith as it can further aggravate the injury.
Smith went through an MRI scan which has shown there is no serious injury to the Australian captain and he would have to sit out of the T20 series as a precaution. This is going to be a huge blow for the visitors as they had already lost the ODI series and it would become more difficult for them to challenge India without their full-time skipper.
It is going to make it worse for Australia
Smith didn’t participate in the Friday’s night session as there were some issues in his right shoulder. The positive sign for the Australian team is that the injury is not a serious one and Smith would be available for the all-important Ashes.
The Australian team doctor Richard Shaw said as per the quotes in cricket.com.au, “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. 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.”
The tourist’s deputy David Warner is now expected to lead the team in the absence of full-time skipper Smith. Glenn Maxwell is also expected to get a game today after missing out on a couple of matches in the ODI series. Marcus Stoinis who impressed everyone with his all-around capabilities in the ODI series has been named as Smith’s replacement for the T20 series.