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Shoulder injury rules Steven Smith out of India T20Is

Steven Smith has headed back home following a shoulder injury
Steven Smith has headed back home following a shoulder injury

Australia will miss the services of captain Steven Smith for the upcoming three match One-Day International series against India due to a shoulder injury.

The 28-year-old, who has been the mainstay of the Australian batting line-up suffered the blow while fielding in the fifth and final One-Day International against India in Nagpur.

Smith underwent a scan that revealed any serious damage but team doctor Richard Saw confirmed that the Aussue skipper will head back home for further rehabilitation.

"Following the (Nagpur) match, he (Smith) complained of shoulder soreness, which has not settled and is restricting his ability to bat and throw," Saw said.

"Subsequently he has had an MRI scan which has excluded serious injury but we believe the best course of action is for him to not continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow it to recover.

"He will have further investigation upon his return to Australia but we remain confident he will be available for the start of the Sheffield Shield season."

A statement by the Australian board confirmed that David Warner will lead the team in the three match series that begins on Friday, while all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will take Smith's position in the squad.

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