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STEVEN SMITH ON REST, WARNER TO TAKE CHARGE OF AUSTRALIA AGAINST SRI LANKA

STEVEN SMITH ON REST, WARNER TO TAKE CHARGE OF AUSTRALIA AGAINST SRI LANKA

David Warner to lead the Aussies against Sri Lanka from third ODI as Steven Smith is on rest

 

 

Steven Smith will not be playing the rest three ODIs and two T-20s as he will be on rest handing over the post of captain to David Warner. Australian selectors too in the favour of the decision of Smith as the series becoming too hectic for him. David Warner will handle the post of the skipper for the first time.

 

Chairman of selectors of Australian Cricket, Rod Marsh on a statement revealed that Smith was supposed to sit for the series and the topic was discussed before the start of the tour.

 

"Smith 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," said Marsh.

 

"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." Marsh mentioned at Warner’s appointment as captain.

 

Australian skipper Steven Smith, who tends to have good records in all formats said "I hate missing cricket, but in the long run it will do me a world of good. 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."

 

The Aussies are in a good form after whitewashing Sri Lanka for 3-0 in the Test series. The five-time World Cup champions won the first ODI on three wickets but had to taste defeat in the second match for 82 runs.

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TEST

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 India 35 4016 115
2 South Africa 33 3712 106
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 England 45 4722 105
5 New Zealand 23 2354 102
6 Sri Lanka 38 3668 97
7 Pakistan 21 1853 88
8 West Indies 29 2235 77
9 Bangladesh 19 1268 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 51 6470 127
2 India 49 5973 122
3 New Zealand 41 4602 112
4 South Africa 39 4275 110
5 Pakistan 38 3915 103
6 Australia 37 3699 100
7 Bangladesh 28 2607 93
8 Sri Lanka 50 3872 77
9 West Indies 32 2217 69
10 Afghanistan 32 2053 64
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 30 3972 132
2 India 37 4601 124
2 Australia 21 2570 122
4 England 21 2448 117
5 New Zealand 22 2542 116
6 South Africa 19 2093 110
7 West Indies 21 2219 106
8 Afghanistan 27 2490 92
9 Sri Lanka 28 2451 88
10 Bangladesh 27 2066 77