Australian wicketkeeper Matthew Wade has been named the side’s captain for the upcoming ODI tour of New Zealand. With regular skipper Steven Smith out with an ankle injury and vice-captain David Warner being rested for the series, the selectors have opted to hand over the captain’s role to Wade.
Wade has a bit of captaincy experience as he has led his state side Victoria in the past. With this move, the southpaw is set to become Australia’s 24th ODI skipper.
A few hours ago, Smith confirmed he wouldn’t participate in the series.
“It was decided an hour ago that I’ve been ruled out of the New Zealand series,” Smith said. “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.”
“I was a little bit concerned, I’ve never really injured my ankle like that “I was in a bit of pain last night, I injured it and went off and got it strapped and looked at and was in a reasonable amount of pain in the field. “I was struggling a bit after the game last night, and it was about seeing how I woke up this morning and I woke up in a reasonable amount of pain again. They think it’s just a medial ligament sprain but I’m having an MRI this afternoon to see if there’s any more damage,” Smith further added about his injury.
David Warner, on the other hand, justified about his decision to miss the tour of New Zealand.
“Every series is important and I would have loved to have been in New Zealand, I feel like I’m batting really well and when I’m batting well I want to keep going,” Warner said. “So it’s disappointing from that aspect but we’ve got pretty big fish to fry in India shortly, so hopefully the boys will be able to do the job in the Chappell-Hadlee Series without me.”