Sydney - Australian captain Steve Smith on
Monday pulled out of the Indian Premier League with a wrist injury and will
return home for treatment ahead of the tour to the West Indies.
Cricket Australia medical official Alex
Kountouris said Smith had been struggling with pain in his right wrist for the
"We have been working with his IPL
franchise Pune to monitor this and unfortunately it has not resolved,"
Kountouris said in a statement.
"As such, he will return home from
India for further assessment and treatment ahead of the tour of the West
He stressed the injury did not appear to be
serious, "but we are keen to give him the time to recover and rehabilitate
before heading to the West Indies at the end of May".
Australia begin the tri-series in Guyana on
June 6 against South Africa before facing the hosts four days later at the same
The round-robin tournament sees teams play
three matches against each opponent, with the top two advancing to the final on
June 26 in Barbados.
Smith's decision comes a day after
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh pulled out of the rest of the IPL with a