Ranchi - Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday left his country's tour of India because of a shoulder injury, the team announced.
28-year-old batsman's injury is a new blow to Australia as they lost
the one-day series in India and are preparing for a key Ashes series
against England in two months.
They play their first T20 against the Indians in Ranchi on Saturday.
landed awkwardly on his right shoulder whilst diving in the field
during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday," the team doctor Richard
Saw said in a statement.
"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
Australia said all-rounder Marcus Stoinis will take
Smith's place in the T20 squad for the three-match series and David
Warner will captain the side.
Smith, who made a significant impact
during Australia's 2-1 Test loss against India in March, has struggled
to match up his form in the limited-overs format.
The star batsman
scored 142 runs in the five ODIs with his team going down 4-1 to slip
to third in the rankings behind South Africa and top-ranked India.
Smith had voiced his batting concerns after the final ODI in Nagpur, saying the series has been "disappointing" as a leader.
be honest, I wasn't feeling great at the start of the series, I wasn't
holding the bat the way I liked to and I was having a few issues there
that I was working on," Smith said last week.
"But I think I've slowly found a nice tempo which I'm after. I would have loved to score a lot more runs.
got myself in on a few occasions and not gone on to get the big runs
that I previously have been. From that aspect, as the leader of the
team, it's been disappointing."