Knee and hip niggles have been bothering Smith for sometime but he is a certainty as far as the upcoming Boxing Day or New Year Test against West Indies is concerned.
But the the selectors and team medical staff may decide to rest him from portions of the five-match ODI series against India.
The management are certainly taking no chances and want Smith to be fit and raring to go for the February tour of New Zealand and also the Twenty20 matches to be played in the lead-up to the World T20 in India in March.
Smith's absence from the opening rounds of the Big Bash League that is slated between now and Boxing Day is an indication that his knee needs proper care in the coming months. He has carried the problem since the latter part of the Ashes tour.
Coach and selector Darren Lehmann has conceded that further breaks for Smith would be discussed.

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