Senior batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of Australia’s next ODI series and the lone T20 match against Pakistan due to an elbow injury.
Mitchell Swepson, who struggled in the three-match Test series, has taken Smith’s place in the white-ball squad.
Smith will miss the white-ball leg of Australia’s tour of Pakistan due to discomfort in his left elbow, Cricket Australia announced on Friday night. “Smith suffered some discomfort throughout the three-match Test series, and with a full program of international cricket over the next 18 months, it was thought appropriate to priorities recuperation and treatment at this time,” according to a statement from the CA.
After contributing to Pakistan’s Test victory, the 32-year-old batting great will return home rather than risk exacerbating a condition in his left elbow, which he damaged last year.
Steve Smith describes missing these games as frustrating:
Smith expressed his displeasure at not being able to play in the four white-ball matches but said it wasn’t a significant issue and that he didn’t want it to become one.
“It’s frustrating to miss these matches against Pakistan,” Smith said, “but after speaking with the medical staff, I recognize the need for a break at this time.”
“I don’t think this is a large problem, but if we remain on top of it now, we can avoid it becoming a bigger problem later.”
All three One-Day Internationals (March 29, 31, and April 2), as well as a T20 International (April 5), will be played in Lahore.
Key players David Warner, Glen Maxwell, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, and Pat Cummins have already been rested for the series, while bowler Kane Richardson has been ruled out due to injury.
Australia’s white-ball squad: Aaron Finch (cap), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa.