IndvAus- Steve Smith, the Australian captain, could miss the first T20I against India due to a shoulder issue, a CA spokesperson confirmed the news. Smith underwent an MRI scan on his shoulder after taking part in a training session on Thursday and didn’t practice for most of Friday’s night session.
During Friday’s practice session, Smith took a few throw downs from Graeme Hick, the batting coach, before making his way back to the hotel. He also had a few discussions with Richard Saw, the squad’s doctor, Alex Kountouris, the physio, Mark Waugh, the selector and David Saker.
The decision about whether he will play the series opener will be made just before the toss. If he doesn’t play the match, David Warner is expected to lead the side, with Glenn Maxwell in all likelihood getting a promotion in the batting order.
However, on a positive note, the backroom staff believe that there are no major concerns with regard to Smith’s availability for the upcoming Ashes series.
Australia lost the just-concluded ODI series against India 4-1. Smith himself struggled to make an impact, scoring 142 runs in the series. Incidentally, he hasn’t played a T20I since playing against India in the T20 WC last year.