Australian swashbuckling opener David Warner may find himself captaining the limited-overs team for the series against India, if skipper Steven Smith fails to recover from injuries in time. The limited overs series between India and Australia starts from January 12.
As per the reports from the Australian media, Smith has been fighting with injuries since the conclusion of the Ashes last year. The niggles have only doubled with the latest crushing win against West Indies in Hobart. Australia will have a two weeks break before the second test to begin in MCC cricket ground and Smith’s physical fitness is said to be assessed by the end of this week.
“Australia will not afford to risk Smith for the upcoming series against India. We are yet to decide on his fitness. Given the busy schedule we have after the ODI series against India, it is important that Smith gets some amount of rest to fully recover from his ailments”, Australian Coach Darren Lehmann said.
“For Australia the next important thing after the ODI series against India will be the T20 trophy. We will have to be well-prepared in advance to face the challenges ahead”, Lehmann said. Speaking on the fitness of Smith, the Coach added that Smith will be monitored closely hereafter. “He keeps telling me that he is 26, but in Hobart he was running as though he is more than 36. We will have to get a medical assessment on his fitness and any decision over resting him will be taken with regard to the reports.”
“I don’t think Smith can get any rest in this busy schedule ahead of the T20 World cup. Luckily for him he had a two weeks break now and i hope for a positive result”, he added.
If Smith fails to recover in time, David Warner is likely to lead the Australian team for a series comprising of five ODIs and three T20s against India, starting from January 12, 2016.