The Australian captain, Steve Smith is pretty disappointed over the fact that he is going to miss the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Sri Lanka in February as the series is clashing with Australia's tour to India.
The T20 is scheduled to start on February 17 in Melbourne and end on February 22 in Adelaide, while their Test series against India is set to start on February 23 in Pune. The Australians need to settle their score with Indians for their humiliating 4-0 loss against them in 2013. As per the plans, the Test team will be reaching the subcontinent in advance so that they can settle themselves with the conditions. Australian players like David Warner, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are also expected to miss out on the T20 series.
While talking to ABC Grandstand on Tuesday, Smith said, "I don't think it's ideal. 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."
He further added, "Had they been there, things could have been slightly different. We look now and see how well they're bowling, and (considering) how much cricket they've had to play over the summer, it was probably the right decision to have rested them and made sure they were fit for the summer."
However, Smith didn't clear the doubts about who will lead the side in his absence, but expressing is disappointed for the Australian public, he concluded, "In T20 cricket, we play games on and off, here and there. For me, the most important thing is that we win major tournaments in that format of the game, and that's the World Cup."