steven smith A wrist injury sustained in the Ashes has ruled Australia out of the entire limited-overs tour of South Africa but will be available for the ODIs and World Cup in India. Perth Scorchers Captain ashton turner Has been called in as his replacement for the T20Is marnus labushen Added for ODIs.
It is understood that Smith has been struggling with a left wrist problem following a tendon injury during the England series and is currently wearing a splint to aid his recovery. He was set to open in the T20Is in South Africa and was one of the only players in the Ashes squad named in that series. But now he will be out till the series against Australia starting in India on September 22, just before the World Cup.
Mitchell Starc He will be staying at home before leaving for the series with India as he recovers from a groin injury he suffered during the Ashes. Spencer JohnsonThe left-arm uncapped fast bowler, who was named in the T20 squad, will remain in South Africa for the ODIs.
Michelle Marsh South Africa has also been confirmed as captain for the ODIs following his appointment for the T20I leg of the tour. Pat Cummins Will join the team during that series but is not sure of playing as he is returning from a wrist fracture.
Chairman of selectors George Bailey said, “The shortened Ashes series and World Test Championship were a heavy burden for the group, and we are taking a conservative approach to preparing for the World Cup.” “Given the World Cup being the priority of the team, it was determined on advice that it would be best for Steve and Mitchell to join the group in India, by which time we expect them to be fully fit and ready for the Indian ODI series.” as well as a World Cup warm-up fixture.”
Australia had already selected a depleted squad for the T20Is, with players across three formats including Cummins, Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green and David Warner rested due to their significant workload during the recent England tour. Were. Ashton Agar is also missing with a calf injury.
Glen Maxwell Will play in the T20Is against South Africa starting August 30, but will then miss the five-match ODI series due to the birth of his first child before rejoining Australia’s squad for the three matches against India. Will be at home for Australia’s first World Cup match is against India on 8 October.
Labuschagne’s call-up comes as an ODI relief for them, as the most important omission in their plans for the World Cup, though he is unlikely to be a part of that event.
Marsh will captain the T20 team in South Africa for the first time. This is Australia’s first series in this format since long-time captain Aaron Finch retired after the 2022 T20 World Cup. Marsh is only interim captain for this series as Australia’s selectors are holding off on a full-time appointment until a later date.
Turner was named as Finch’s successor in some circles, but he has not played for Australia since the T20I tour of Bangladesh in 2021.
Despite excelling in the BBL and being regarded as one of Australia’s best white-ball captains, having led Western Australia and the Scorchers to four titles in the Marsh Cup and BBL in the previous two seasons, he was cast as a mediator . Finishers down the order for Australia by Marcus Stoinis, Tim David and Matthew Wade. Josh Inglis also played as a specialist middle-order batsman at times when Wade was in the team.
Inglis will remain in South Africa if Wade is not selected. But Matthew Short was named ahead of Turner for the tour after excelling with both bat and ball at the domestic and franchise level over the past 12 months.
Turner was selected along with Short in Australia A’s 50-over squad to face New Zealand A in a three-match series in Queensland in mid-September.
Turner will now depart the Hundred early next week, where he is playing for Manchester Originals, and head straight to South Africa to join the Australia squad that arrives on Wednesday.
Michael Di Venuto will coach the T20 team alongside Clint McKay and Australia Women’s assistant coach Dan Marsh.