Steve Smith will join his Australian teammates heading directly to the Indian Premier League despite missing Australia's entire one-day international series against England because of a head knock.
The tourists completed a 2-1 series victory over England on Thursday morning, rebounding from 5-73 to chase down England's 7-302 for victory.
Steve Smith missed all three of Australia’s ODI matches, though the team had hoped he would be OK to play in the third match.Credit:Getty Images
"He is really looking forward to that opportunity [of captaining] again. He had a taste of it last year, too, at the back end of the season … he is familiar with most of the playing group," McDonald said from the Royals' base in Dubai.
"There will be a few guys that we need to get him up to speed on. But he is looking forward to … he does enjoy captaining, he loves being engaged in the game. I am really comfortable we have the right man for the job there and he is really enthusiastic about that. I am sure he will take it up well.
"He is knowledgeable about the game and he will pick up the flow of captaincy pretty quickly again, I would imagine."
The Australian and English players, including Smith's Royals teammates Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer, had originally been told by the Board of Control for Cricket in India they would have to quarantine for six days upon arriving in the UAE but they hope this can be slashed to three days, having already been in a bio-secure bubble in England.
A reduction would allow them to take part in the opening round of matches, with the billion-dollar tournament now held in the emirates of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.
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