Steve Smith to lead Australia after ICC ban George Bailey for slow over-rates

Sport360 staff 07:07 21/01/2015
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Leading role: Steven Smith will captain Australia in the One-Day International against England on Friday.

Steven Smith will captain Australia in Friday’s one-day international against England, with opener Dav­id Warner and paceman Mitchell Johnson missing the game, Cricket Australia confirmed yesterday.

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Smith was called in to skipper the team after captain George Bailey was slapped with a one-match sus­pension over the team’s slow over-rate during their four-wicket win against India on Sunday.

Cricket Australia said Smith, fresh from leading Australia in the Test series against India as regular skipper Michael Clarke recovers from a hamstring injury, will be the nation’s 22nd ODI captain.

“Steven’s appointment was a straightforward decision given the excellent impression he made in charge of the side during the Commonwealth Bank Test series when he stepped in for the injured Michael Clarke,” national selector Rodney Marsh said.

“It is unfortunate for George that he will miss the match in his home state but in Steven we have a dynamic player who leads from the front, by example, and we look forward to him doing so again on Friday.”

Australia yesterday added Shaun Marsh and Cameron White to the squad for Friday’s match in Ho­bart to replace Bailey and Warner, who is being rested to recover from hamstring soreness.

Fast bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Johnson were also omitted from the 12-man squad, with the former rested due to minor soreness in his left heel and Johnson out for un­specified personal reasons.

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