New Delhi: Availability of Australian skipper Michael Clarke for the opening Test against India at Brisbane is still in doubt. And now a quadriceps injury of in-form batsman Steven Smith, has also forced him to withdraw his name from this week's Sheffield Shield round.
It would be a big set back for the hosts if Smith and Clarke won't be able to play in the opening match of the series.
If Clarke is nursing his prolong back-problem, then 25-year-old Smith, reported soreness after Sunday's ODI win over South Africa in Sydney and had precautionary scans on Monday morning.
However, according to media reports Cricket Australia (CA) looks quite confident that he will be fit to play the first Test against India at the Gabba.
Smith is in excellent form with the bat and played a role of the protagonist in the recently concluded five match ODI series against South Africa at home, which they won 4-1. And it also helped Oz to leapfrog India to be at the zenith of ICC ODI rankings.
If, Smith and Clarke failed to pass the fitness test on time, then it would be a big blow for the Aussies, who are the favourites to win the series.