Australian captain Steve Smith on Saturday abandoned his country’s tour to India due to a shoulder injury, the team said.
The 28-year-old injury is an extra shot in Australia, as they missed the one-day series in India and were preparing for a series of Key Ashes against England in two months.
They play their first T20 against the Indians at Ranchi on Saturday.
“Smith landed torpedoed on his right shoulder by plunging into the field during the fifth ODI against India last Sunday,” said team physician Richard Saw in a statement.
“Thereafter, he had an MRI that excluded serious injuries, but we believe that the best way to act is not to continue to aggravate his shoulder and allow him to recover.”
Australia said that General Marcus Stoinis will take Smith’s place on the T20 team for the three-game series and David Warner will be the captain of the team.