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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.

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