Steven Smith heads home to rest ahead of 2016-17 summer
Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 9:04
Australia captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka - three ODIs and two T20Is - as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa.
David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka. Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.
"I hate missing cricket, but in the long run it will do me a world of good," Smith was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia on Twitter.
"The schedule is very busy. I still want to take on the role in all three formats and do it to the best of my ability."
Australia has lost four of their five international fixtures on tour so far, but Smith suggested his early departure had been considered since much earlier in the tour.
Australia's last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa.