Sydney - Australian captain Steve Smith has been ruled out
of the upcoming New Zealand tour after injuring his ankle in the fifth one-day
international against Pakistan, Cricket Australia said on Friday.
Smith was fielding in the match at the Adelaide Oval on
Thursday when he injured his left ankle, CA said.
"He came off the field and had his ankle strapped and
was able to return to the field for the remainder of the match," sports
science and sports medicine manager Alex Kountouris said in a statement.
"Following further assessment this morning we believe
Steve has sustained a medial ligament injury to his ankle. He will return to
Sydney today to undergo scans to confirm the diagnosis.
"Early indications suggest this will likely take seven
to 10 days to recover, meaning Steve will be unable to (participate) in the
Qantas Tour of New Zealand."
The New Zealand ODI tour was due to start on Monday.
Cricket Australia said a replacement for Smith would be
chosen by the national selection panel later Friday.
The setback came less than a month before the tough Indian
"We've got a lot coming up so they think it's an
opportunity to rest it and be right for India," Smith told reporters in
Adelaide, cricket.com.au reported.
"It's a bit of a shock. I just landed really awkwardly
on my foot and I felt something straight away.
"I'm confident I'll be fine to train in Dubai after
that and for the first Test in India."
The first Test against top-ranked India begins in Pune on