Steve Smith to miss England ODI series

All-rounder Steve Smith will miss the five-match ODI series against England after being sent home to Australia because of a thigh strain.

Australian batting all-rounder Steve Smith will take no part in the one-day international series against England after being sent home to rest his injured thigh.

The 24-year-old averaged 38.33 during the recently-completed Ashes tour, scoring his maiden Test century in the final match at The Oval.

He was also due to compete in the five 50-over matches against England, the first of which is on September 6 at Headingley, but suffered what is being described by Cricket Australia as a "very minor" strain during a training session on Wednesday.

The governing body told reporters: "After a demanding Ashes series, the national selection panel has decided it is best for him to return to Australia."

A record-breaking hundred from Aaron Finch inspired Australia to a 39-run win over England at the Ageas Bowl on Thursday, in the first of the two T20 internationals between the old enemies.

Australia's Aaron Finch celebrate his century against England during their Twenty20 International match on August 29, 2013
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