Smith laments Australia schedule


Australia captain Steve Smith is unhappy with the scheduling which is set to see him miss an upcoming Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka.

The three-match series begins on February 17, while the first Test against India is due to start in Pune just six days later.

Smith is among the Test players likely to miss the whole series, much to the skipper's disappointment.

"I don't think it's ideal," he told the ABC. "I think the Australian public would love to see the best Australian team on the park for every game.

"It's difficult to do that with the schedule and how much we play."

In his absence, Smith is happy for the stand-in captain to take his own approach in the T20 format.

The 27-year-old said his focus in the shortest format was to try and win a first ICC World T20 title for Australia.

"I think for me the most important thing is we win major tournaments in that format of the game and that's the World Cup," Smith said.

"Whoever is captain of that team while we're away, it's about them doing it their way and getting the best out of the team that they've got at their disposal.

"Hopefully they'll win games of cricket as well. In the T20 format of international cricket, the World Cup is the big prize and the thing I've got my eye on."