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Smith to lead Australia in ODIs against India



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Steve Smith to lead Australia in the absence of regular captain Pat Cummins in the three-match ODI series against India.

Cummins returned home in the middle of the Test series owing to his mother's illness and a few days later, Cummins' mother sadly passed away.

Australia head coach Andrew McDonald confirmed that Smith will continue to lead Australia on the India tour.

"Pat won't be coming back, he's still taking care of what's happened back home," coach Andrew McDonald said. "Our thoughts are with Pat and his family as they go through that grieving process."

The coach also reveled that David Warner will return to the side after missing the last two Tests.

Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis and Mitchell Starc are expected to shoulder the pace-bowling load in the ODI series that starts on March 17.

"We've got a couple conversations around the balance of the team we want to play, we've gone in with a structure with eight batters to bat a little bit deeper, we've tried that," he added.