Smith ruled out; Warner to lead the side

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The Australian skipper Steven Smith has been ruled out from the three match T20 series against India due to shoulder injury. Smith had undergone an MRI on his right shoulder on Thursday before skipping the training on Friday. He is expected to be fit for the start of the Sheffield Shield season.

The Australian captain picked up the injury during the fifth ODI in Nagpur, a series which Australia lost 1-4, when he landed awkwardly on his right shoulder. He’s experienced soreness that has been restricting his ability to bat and throw.

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Team doctor Richard Saw said: “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.”

In the absence of Smith, opener David Warner will captain the side in the T20 series starting from Saturday. Though Australia had a tough time in the ODI series, Warner spent a good time with the bat throughout the series and has finally adapted himself to the subcontinent conditions.

Marcus Stoinis will come in as a replacement for Smith in the squad. The T20I matches will be held on 7, 10 and 13 October.