Australia-South Africa series

Smith ruled out of South Africa tour

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প্রকাশের তারিখ: 14:09 শুক্রবার, 18 আগস্ট, 2023

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Australia’s batter Steven Smith has been ruled out of entire limited-overs tour against South Africa due to a wrist injury.

The left-handed batsman incurred the injury during the Ashes, but he is set to be available for the ODIs in India and the World Cup. 

Ashton Turner has been called into the squad as his replacement for the T20Is and Marnus Labuschagne has been added for the ODIs.

All-rounder Mitchell Starc will also miss the series and stay at home before heading out to join the India series as he recovers from a groin injury he sustained in the Ashes. 

"The compacted Ashes series and the World Test Championship was a heavy load for the group, and we are taking a conservative approach to the build-up to the World Cup," Chair of selectors George Bailey said. 

"With the World Cup the priority of the squad, it was determined on advice that it was best for Steve and Mitchell to join the group in India by which time we expect them to be fully fit and available for the Indian ODI series, plus the World Cup warm-up fixture,"

Spencer Johnson, the uncapped left-arm quick who was named in the T20 squad, will remain in South Africa for the ODIs.

ODI squad:

Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Australia T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa