sport news Joe Root's omission for England's Twenty20 series against Australia surprises ...

Australia's Steve Smith admits he was surprised to see Joe Root overlooked by England for the forthcoming Twenty20 series between the sides, taking his omission as confirmation of the hosts' 'all-out power' game.

Test captain Root has been left out despite the ongoing absence of Ben Stokes and an injury to Jason Roy, suggesting England's selectors are moving on from arguably their most accomplished technical batsman when it comes to the shorter format.

Australia have taken the opposite route, drafting their most dominant red-ball player - Smith - back into the T20 lineup after a three-year absence between 2016 and 2019 and handing him the kind of 'designated driver' brief Root aspires to in a side full of power-hitters and innovators.

Steve Smith admitted he was surprised to learn Joe Root would not play in Twenty20 series

'It's a surprise. Joe is a terrific player across all formats of the game,' Smith told the PA news agency in his first interview since arriving from Australia.

'I guess England are opting for all-out power and are continuing to go that way. Everyone's got different game-plans and different ways to go. If everyone played the same it would be a pretty boring game. There's a few ways to skin a cat and ours might be a little bit different to England's, which might be a little bit different to India's.

'That's the route they've taken for now, but I guess we'll concentrate on the way we go about our business.'

And Smith sees clearly how he fits into Australia's plan.

'I know my role within this team,' he said. 'It's important every player has a role to play and understands the way they play their best.

'I know if I'm batting with someone like Glenn Maxwell or Aaron Finch my role is to get them on strike and let them smack it.

'For me it's about hitting gaps, sort of playing an anchor role and fixing things up if the big boys don't get out there and smack it. We all know our roles and I'm comfortable with mine.

'You've got to keep refining and keeping up with the new skills. You've just got to keep getting better. But I don't think there's a reason why players can't be quality across all formats.'

England's selectors opted to leave the Test captain out for their Twenty20 series with Australia

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