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Steve Smith to miss T20I series due to shoulder injury

Marcus Stoinis to replace Smith in the squad.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Steve Smith, the captain of Australia, is most likely to miss the three-match T20I series against India in Ranchi on Saturday. He had hurt his shoulder during the fifth ODI on Sunday in Nagpur and then during the practice session on Thursday after which he underwent MRI scan in the local hospital. However, it was reported earlier that there were no concerns regarding his shoulder. Smith will return home now and will look to recover soon from injury ahead of the Ashes series.

The skipper didn’t practice for most of Friday’s night session and was seen taking throw downs from the batting coach, Graeme Hick. He also had a few discussions with Richard Saw, the squad’s doctor, Alex Kountouris, the physio, Mark Waugh, the selector and David Saker before making his way back to the hotel. The decision over his availability will be taken before the toss on the evening of the match.

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Marcus Stoinis to replace Smith

According to Cricket Australia (CA) Press Release, Bupa Support Team Doctor Richard Saw said, “ Smith landed awkwardly on his right shoulder whilst diving in the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday. Following the match, he complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw. Subsequently, he has had an MRI scan which 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 Sheffield Shield season.”

The Press Release also confirmed that the national selection panel has selected Marcus Stoinis to replace the skipper in the squad for the remainder of the tour. Also, David Warner will stand in as a captain in Smith’s absence.

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