Australian captain Steven Smith will miss three One-Day Internationals against New Zealand starting January 30 because of an ankle injury he sustained during the final ODI against Pakistan at Adelaide Oval on Thursday.
Wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will become Australia’s 24th ODI captain as David Warner has been rested for the tour to prepare for the daunting tour of India.
Smith will be replaced by 21-year-old Sam Heazlett, who is yet to don Australian colours.
The Queensland batsman has played five List-A matches and averages a phenomenal 72. He has hit two 50s and a century in the format thus far.
Talking to the reporters in Adelaide on Friday, Smith said: "I've got a medial ligament injury to my left ankle, they think it's a 7-10 day injury and 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. We've got a lot coming up so they think it's an opportunity to rest it and be right for India.
"It's a bit of a shock. I just landed really awkwardly on my foot and I felt something straight away. I was a little bit concerned, I've never really injured my ankle like that. I was in a bit of pain last night, I injured it and went off and got it strapped and looked at, and was in a reasonable amount of pain in the field."