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Steven Smith rested for remainder of Sri Lanka tour

Steven Smith rested for remainder of Sri Lanka tour
Steven Smith has been given rest by the selectors ahead of a hectic season.
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Australian captain Steven Smith is set to return home after he has been rested for the remainder of the Sri Lankan tour ahead of the hectic summer season.

David Warner, the Australian vice-captain, will take over as captain for the remaining three One-Day Internationals and the two-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka.

The news was revealed by Smith at the end of the second ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo and he added that the rest will do him “a world of good”.

“I hate missing cricket, but in the long run it will do me a world of good,” Smith was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia on Twitter.

“The schedule is very busy. I still want to take on the role in all three formats and do it to the best of my ability.”

Australian chief selector Rod Marsh said that the decision was aimed at keeping Smith fresh for the upcoming season and clarified that the results in the first two games were not a determining factor.

Furthermore, Marsh said that it will an exciting opportunity for Warner and is confident that the 29-year-old will succeed as the stand-in captain.

“Steve has a large amount of cricket coming up in the next 12 months and we wanted to find a time for him to freshen up and these last five matches provide a good opportunity to do so.

“Regardless of the results of the first two matches our plan was always for Steve to take a break and refresh ahead of the ODI Series against South Africa next month.

“This is a great leadership opportunity for David, he has really embraced his role as vice-captain and we are confident he will do a great job in Steve’s place.”

Australia lost the second ODI in Colombo by 82 runs as Sri Lanka put on a comprehensive performance to level the five-match series 1-1.

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