Australian batsman Steve Smith has been ruled out of the upcoming Africa tour due to a wrist injury. Smith sustained the injury during the 'Ashes' series and has been unable to fully recover. In light of the upcoming World Cup, the chief selector, George Bailey, has decided that it would be in Smith's best interest to rest and focus on his recovery. Smith is expected to make a comeback during the tour of India.
As a replacement for Smith in the T20 squad for the African tour, Ashton Turner has been called up. Turner will have the opportunity to showcase his skills and contribute to the team's success in Smith's absence. On the other hand, Marnus Labuschagne, who had been left out of the T20 squad, will be making a return to the One-Day International (ODI) format.