Smith, Starc ruled out of South Africa tour |

Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc have been ruled out of Australia’s white-ball tour of South Africa due to injuries but are expected to be fully fit for the ODI World Cup in India.

And with Pat Cummins already confirmed to be sidelined for the tour of South Africa as he recovers from a broken wrist, Mitchell Marsh will take over the ODI captaincy to go with leading the T20 side for the matches against of Proteas.

Smith revealed today that he is nursing a tendon injury in his left wrist which will keep him out for another four weeks.

It’s unclear how long Smith has been battling the injury, though he has been spotted getting treatment in the nets ahead of the fourth Ashes Test.

Smith scored two centuries on the six-Test tour – against India in the World Test Championship final and in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s – but his average against England at 37.30 was well below his career mark in 58,61.

The 34-year-old was set to play in both the T20 and ODI legs of the tour, one of the few multi-format stars to feature in both white-ball formats, and was set to open the batting in the T20 after his stunning performances in this role during last summer’s KFC BBL.

Starc is said to have been dealing with “groin pain” since returning from the UK where he played the WTC final and four of the five Ashes Tests in an eight-week block and his absence from the tour of South Africa is unrelated with the shoulder injury. fought at the end of this tour.

“The compressed Ashes series and World Test Championship have been a heavy burden for the group and we are taking a conservative approach to the build-up to the World Cup,” national selection committee chairman George Bailey said today.

“With the World Cup being the team’s priority, it was decided on advice that it was best for Steve and Mitchell to join the group in India by which time we expect them to be fully fit and available for the India ODI series, plus World Cup Warm-ups ».

While Cummins is expected to join the squad in South Africa for the later stages of the tour, Smith and Starc will link up with the squad in India where Australia have three ODIs against the host nation ahead of the World Cup tournament.

Starc’s absence means fast-rising left-arm partner Spencer Johnson will remain for the ODI leg of the tour and is now set for an international debut in both white-ball formats.

And Smith’s absence offered an ODI suspension for Marnus Labuschagne, who now joins the squad for the 50-over matches against the country of his birth.

Australia T20 squad changes

OUTSIDE: Steve Smith

IN: Ashton Turner

Changes to Australia’s ODI squad

OUTSIDE: Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc

IN: Marnus Labuschagne, Spencer Johnson

Labuschagne was left out of Australia’s expanded 18-man World Cup squad named less than a fortnight ago, with Bailey showing a lack of consistency cost him his place.

“We know Marnus at his best is good enough to hold down a place in the one-day squad, we just haven’t seen him consistently enough in the role we’d like him to do,” Bailey told reporters earlier. month.

Labuschagne is not currently scheduled to travel with the ODI squad to India but could return to the conversation with performances in South Africa.

Alternatively, he can be kept as a reserve and the selectors may opt to play back-up keeper Josh English as a batter.

The South Africa series runs alongside an Australia A series in which Labuschagne was set to play, with 50-over matches against New Zealand A in Queensland.

Perth Scorchers captain Ashton Turner comes into Australia’s T20 squad for Smith, adding a strong Big Bash flavor to this group.

While Labuschagne will miss the Australia A one-dayers, Turner could play with the T20 series in South Africa ending on September 3 and Australia’s first A one-dayer not until September 10.

Cricket Australia also confirmed that Michael di Venuto will be the head coach for the T20 leg against the Proteas, assisted by former Australian quick Clint McKay and Australia women’s team assistant Dan Marsh.

2023 Qantas T20s vs South Africa

August 30: First T20I, Durban (31 August, 2am AEST)

September 1: Second T20I, Durban (2 September, 2am AEST)

September 3: Third T20I, Durban, 3 September, 22:00 AEST

Australia’s T20 squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Jason Behrendorff, Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Hardie, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Matt Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa

South Africa T20 Squad: Aiden Markram (c), Temba Bavuma, Matthew Breetzke, Dewald Brevis, Gerald Coetzee, Donovan Ferreira, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan van Stubbs, Razas der Dussen

2023 Qantas ODIs vs South Africa

September 7: First ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N), 9 p.m. AEST

September 9: Second ODI, Bloemfontein (D/N), 9 p.m. AEST

September 12: Third ODI, Potchefstroom (D/N), 9 p.m. AEST

September 15: Fourth ODI, Centurion (D/N), 9 p.m. AEST

September 17: Thursday ODI, Johannesburg, 6 p.m. AEST

Australia ODI Squad: Mitchell Marsh (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Ellis, Cameron Green, Aaron Hardie, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Josh Inglis, Spencer Johnson, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Tanveer Sangha, Marcus Stoin , David Warner, Adam Zampa

South Africa ODI Squad: Temba Bavuma (c), Dewald Brevis, Gerald Coetzee, Quinton de Kock, Brjor Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Marco Jansen, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi Parnell, Kagiso Rabada, Tristan Stubbs, Rassie van der Dussen

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