Australian captain Steve Smith has been ruled out of the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series due to an injured ankle.
Smith sprained his ankle during the 5th ODI against Pakistan.
It was decided that I've been ruled out of the New Zealand series. I've got a medial ligament injury to my left ankle, they think it's a 7-10-day injury and I wouldn't be fit for the first game, I'd be very unlikely for the second game and a possible for the third game. We've got a lot coming up so they think it's an opportunity to rest it and be right for India.
Australia are in a fix on who the fill-in captain will be as vice-captain David Warner has been rested for the ODI series.
Australia recently announced their squad for the Chapell-Hadlee series, in which they have recalled 2 veteran batsmen.
Reports suggest that wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will be the fill-in captain but it is yet to be confirmed by Cricket Australia.
Australia dominated over Pakistan in the recently concluded tour, beating Australia 4-1 in the ODI series.
The 1st ODI against New Zealand is scheduled on January 30th, 2017.
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