Smith to miss ODI series in New Zealand


Captain Steve Smith has been ruled out of Australia's one-day international series against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand due to an ankle injury.

Smith confirmed on Friday that he will not join his Australia team-mates in New Zealand for their three-game Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, starting in Auckland on Monday.

The 27-year-old played in Thursday's 57-run win over Pakistan as Australia sealed a 4-1 series win, but he will now focus on the upcoming tour of India.

"I've got a medial ligament injury to my left ankle. They think it's a seven-to-10-day injury," Smith said on Friday.

"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."

"They think it's an opportunity to rest it and be right for India."

Australia - already without rested opener David Warner - face the Black Caps at Eden Park, before games on February 2 and 5 in Napier and Hamilton respectively.