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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 28 3499 125
2 South Africa 32 3589 112
3 Australia 33 3499 106
4 New Zealand 23 2354 102
5 England 36 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 31 2914 94
7 Pakistan 17 1463 86
8 Bangladesh 16 1202 75
9 West Indies 22 1484 67
10 Zimbabwe 8 12 2

ODI

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 England 42 5257 125
2 India 45 5492 122
3 South Africa 34 3842 113
4 New Zealand 41 4602 112
5 Australia 32 3327 104
6 Pakistan 32 3279 102
7 Bangladesh 24 2220 93
8 Sri Lanka 43 3302 77
9 West Indies 29 1989 69
10 Afghanistan 28 1758 63
11 Zimbabwe 37 2021 55

T20

RankTeam MatchesPoints Rating
1 Pakistan 23 2990 130
2 Australia 15 1894 126
3 India 32 3932 123
4 New Zealand 22 2542 116
5 England 17 1951 115
6 South Africa 18 2058 114
7 West Indies 18 2048 114
8 Afghanistan 22 1917 87
9 Sri Lanka 27 2287 85
10 Bangladesh 21 1570 75