PAK vs AUS: Mitchell Swepson replaces injured Steve Smith for white-ball series in Pakistan
PAK vs AUS: Australia batsman Steve Smith will miss the one-day and Twenty20 matches against Pakistan due to a left elbow injury, the team announced on Saturday.
Team physiotherapist Alex Kontouris said Smith experienced some discomfort during the final moments of Australia’s 1-0 victory over Pakistan in the three-match Test series.
“Given he had an injury with the same elbow last year, we felt it important to manage this proactively,” Kontouris said in a statement.
“Withdrawing him… means Steve will have the necessary time to rehabilitate his elbow to ensure his continuing availability and performance for Australia.”
Smith said that his injury was not a serious concern for him.
“But by staying on top of things now. We can ensure that it doesn’t become something more significant further down the line,” he added.
Mitchell Swepson of Queensland will replace him in the squad for the three ODIs starting on Tuesday in Lahore. And the one-off T20 on April 5.
Swepson, who made his Test debut in Pakistan, is uncapped in ODIs. But has seven T20 matches, the last of which he played in August against Bangladesh.
Chair of Selectors George Bailey said his panel decided against bringing in a replacement batter. However, the side already had enough choices.
“We have decided to include Mitchell Swepson in the white ball squad. Because it will offer us additional options in the bowling department on surfaces. That may well assist spinners,” he added.
“Having been in Pakistan for the past month he is familiar with conditions.”
Australia ODI squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Ben McDermott, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Adam Zampa.