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| On Jun 18, 2022 4:14 PM IST

SL vs AUS: Steve Smith Out of Australia Playing 11 for 3rd ODI. Here’s the update

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Australia have faced yet another blow in their tour to the island nation with one of their batting mainstays being sidelined for the 3rd ODI of the series after both the teams taking honours in a game each.

SL vs AUS: Steve Smith out of 3rd ODI.

Steve Smith is an excellent #3 batsman in ODIs. Ever since Australia decided to give him a consistent run at #3, he has returned with some pretty good numbers. He even got an half century in the first match of the series that Australia won. It has been reported in watoday.com.au that he won’t be available for the 3rd game due to a quad strain.

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While not considered serious, the injury needed bandaging during the match and with the Test series due to start in just 11 days, Australia’s medical staff are expected to take a cautious approach with him

Steve Smith was often shuffled in the batting position and wasn’t give a permanent slot in the batting order but when he gets time to set his eye in, he is one of the dangerous batsman in ODI cricket. He showed what he can do in the ODI series against India when he notched up 62 ball 100 not once but twice in the series in 2020.

Steve Smith at #3 in ODIs Runs Average Strike rate
67 3285 53 87

With Steve Smith being out, Australia are in a crisis situation as Kane Richardson, Sean Abbot have already flown back to Australia due to injuries, while Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Marsh are nursing their injuries from sidelines, Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar have caught up with injuries as well which saw them out of the playing 11 in the 2nd ODI.

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Can David Warner find his form?

The explosive lef hand batsman hasn’t been at the best of his form, and with no Steve Smith at the top of the order, he would need to standup in the 3rd game to help Australia go 2-1 up in the series.

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