PAK vs AUS: Steve Smith out of white-ball Pakistan competition


Australian specialist Steve Smith has been ruled out of the upcoming restricted overs establishments against Pakistan due to discomfort in his recently damaged left elbow.

After Australia’s memorable Test series win in Lahore on Friday, Smith decided to go home along with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and David Warner, with the last four taking a rest from white-ball matches. It is worth noting that Glenn Maxwell is also missing from Australia’s restricted overs team after his marriage a week ago.

Queensland leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson will replace Smith for the upcoming three-match ODI series starting March 29 and an oddball T20 International starting April 5. in Karachi.
Smith expressed his failure to not play restricted overs matches, saying it was an important issue, yet he did not risk it. It was learned that following Australia’s success in the Lahore Test, the New South Wales cricketer had to face some crisis during each of the three Tests.

“It is disappointing to miss these matches against Pakistan, however after speaking with the clinical staff, I can see the need to take some time off right now. I don’t see it as a significant issue, still. By keeping things stable now, we can guarantee that it doesn’t become more important after a while,” Smith was quoted as saying by

Former Australian captain George Bailey, who is currently the chairman of selectors, said there is a need to take a chance with Smith in the following four matches to consider how much cricket Australia has to play from June onwards.
“With cricket coming up in a big way during the next year and a half, and in reality he has certainly already rejected a similar elbow, it is time for Steve to come back towards the end of the Test series in Pakistan. Appropriate,” Bailey said.

“We have not chosen to name a replacement hitter because we believe we include substitutes inside the current crew, and Steve’s non-presence provides additional open doors for players inside the gathering. We have chosen to remember Mitchell Swepson for the white ball crew as it will give us additional options on surfaces in the bowling office to help the spinners.”


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