We wanted to make sure Steve Smith is ready, fresh for South Africa,says Darren Lehmann


For the remaining one day international series against Sri Lanka, Australia coach Darren Lehmann has taken decision to rest skipper Steve Smith, reports said.

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Smith will not play in three ODIs and two Twenty20 game. He will also do preparation for next month’s one-day series which will be held in South Africa.

Smith played in every one of the three losing Tests against the Sri Lankans and the initial two one-day internationals before it was reported he would fly home to rest up.

Clarke, who resigned after a year ago's Ashes rout in England, communicated his astonishment at the choice.

"I would of (sic) jumped at the chance to have seen the chief play until the arrangement was won and afterward have a rest," World Cup-winning captain Clarke said on online networking.

"At the same moment if Smithy required a break then he ought to have flown home after the Test matches not 2x ODIs in."

Previous Test opener Michael Slater resounded Clarke's suppositions, however Lehmann said he had no issue with their remarks.

"It's clearly a weight yet an extraordinary weight captaining your nation," Lehmann was cited as saying in Australian daily papers.

"We simply needed to ensure that he's crisp and prepared to go for South Africa and after that the enormous (local) summer ahead.

"We arranged that for quite a while and he took some persuading. In any case, as a mentor and a determination board we're ensuring he's new and prepared to go every last time he plays for Australia."

Lehmann said he had no issues with Clarke's feedback. "We regard our previous commanders and previous greats who have an assessment," Lehmann told The Daily Telegraph.

"Be that as it may, we believe it's the best thing for Steven to get him right and prepared to go.

"It's diligent work captaining in every one of the three arrangements. So we're simply ensuring he gets a little break, and we're just talking an additional week or two."

David Warner will assume control over the Australia captaincy in Sri Lanka for whatever remains of the visit.

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