Australian captain Steve Smith.
Australian captain Steve Smith. JOE CASTRO

Ankle injury set to sideline skipper Smith

CRICKET: Australian selectors will need to name a new skipper for next week's Chappell-Hadlee Trophy one-day international series in New Zealand after Steve Smith withdrew with an injury to his left ankle.

The skipper suffered a mild sprain fielding in Australia's 57-run ODI win over Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval on Australia Day.

MRI scans on Friday afternoon were set to reveal the extent of the damage but Smith was confident the initial prognosis of seven to 10 days' rest and treatment should have him fit to join his teammates for the week-long training camp in Dubai that precedes the tour of India.

"We've got a lot coming up so they think it's an opportunity to rest it and be right for India,” the skipper said on Friday.

"It's a bit of a shock.

"I just landed really awkwardly on my foot and I felt something straight away.

"I was a little bit concerned, I've never really injured my ankle like that.

"I was in a bit of pain last night. I injured it and went off and got it strapped and looked at and was in a reasonable amount of pain in the field.

"I was struggling a bit after the game last night, and it was about seeing how I woke up this morning and I woke up in a reasonable amount of pain again.

"They think it's just a medial ligament sprain but I'm having an MRI this afternoon to see if there's any more damage.

"I'm confident I'll be fine to train in Dubai after that and for the first Test in India.”

Selectors could yet ask vice-captain David Warner to delay his leave after initially giving him a rest for next week's three-match series.


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