Friday, 26 August 2016 - 9:42
Smith resting was 'well thought out' - Lehmann
While acknowledging that Steven Smith "took some convincing" to sit out the remainder of the Sri Lanka tour in order to rest and re-charge for Australia's forthcoming fixtures, coach Darren Lehmann has strongly defended the move as being in the team's best interests.
"We just wanted to make sure that he's fresh and ready to go for South Africa and then the big summer ahead," Lehmann told reporters in Colombo. "It was well-planned and well thought out, and that's what we're doing."
Australia are due to tour South Africa for 5 ODIs in September-October, before hosting them for three Tests in November. That will be followed by home series against New Zealand and Pakistan. Australia will then tour New Zealand and India early next year.