Smith may have to sit out part of India ODI series


Australia captain Steve Smith might have to sit out some part of the Aussies' five-match ODI series against India in January if he wants to overcome a knee niggle and be fit for the Test series away to New Zealand and the World T20.

Smith has already pulled out of the opening round of the domestic T20 Big Bash League tournament to be ready for the Boxing Day Test against the West Indies.

If Smith were to sit out some international games it would give David Warner his first opportunity to skipper the Aussies since he was named the official vice-captain earlier this year.

After completing the current Test series against the West Indies with the New Years Test in Sydney, Australia will host India in five ODIs, travel to New Zealand to play three ODIs and two Tests before the World T20 starts in India in March.

Australia coach Darren Lehmann said of his captain Smith: "He keeps telling me he is 26 but he was running as though he is 36.

"The pressure of captaincy is quite large. We have to look at that but we get a decent break now with two weeks off. He is not playing BBL so he gets a good break.

"The ODIs are important to us and then the T20 World Cup so I can't see him getting a break until the end of the summer, unless we play really well or the niggles get worse.

"I'm no medical expert but [rest] is what they are saying. They will say what he can or can't do and if I disagree with it he plays and if I don't he might not play."