Injured Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc to miss South Africa tour

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Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc have been ruled out of Australia’s white-ball tour of South Africa beginning this month, while Mitchell Marsh’s leadership has been recognised with captaincy of the one-day international and Twenty20 formats.

Smith (wrist) and Starc (groin) were removed from the squad on Friday, but are expected to be fit for the ODI World Cup in India, beginning in October.

Smith has a tendon injury to his left wrist which means he will be sidelined for a further four weeks. His spot in the ODI team has been given to Marnus Labuschagne, who will take on his country of birth, while Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner joins the T20 squad.

You’re out: Injured Steve Smith will miss the white-ball tour of South Africa.Credit: Getty

Cricket Australia said Starc has had “groin soreness” since returning from the United Kingdom, where he played in the World Test Championship final, and four of the five Ashes Tests against England. CA said Starc’s absence is not related to the shoulder injury he nursed late in the tour.

“The compacted Ashes series and the World Test Championship was a heavy load for the group, and we are taking a conservative approach to the build-up to the World Cup,” national selection panel chair George Bailey said.

“With the World Cup the priority of the squad, it was determined on advice that it was best for Steve and Mitchell to join the group in India by which time we expect them to be fully fit and available for the Indian ODI series, plus the World Cup warm-up fixture.”

Uncapped left-arm paceman Spencer Johnson, already in the T20 squad, will now also be a part of the ODI squad.

Marsh, already having been appointed the T20 skipper, will also lead the ODI team, for Pat Cummins is recovering from a fractured wrist.

The series of three T20 matches in Durban begins on August 30, while the five-match ODI series starts on September 7.

T20s v South Africa

August 30: First T20I, Durban (August 31, 2am AEST)

September 1: Second T20I, Durban (September 2, 2am AEST)

September 3: Third T20I, Durban, (September 3, 10pm AEST)

Australia T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

ODIs v South Africa

September 7: First ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N), 9pm AEST

September 9: Second ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N), 9pm AEST

September 12: Third ODI, Potchefstroom (D/N), 9pm AEST

September 15: Fourth ODI, Centurion (D/N), 9pm AEST

September 17: Fifth ODI, Johannesburg, 6pm AEST

Australia ODI squad:

Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.

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