Australia vs India: Mitchell Starc withdrawn from T20I squad due to family illness


Australia vs India: Mitchell Starc missed the final one-day international in Canberra on Wednesday with rib soreness, but returned to play in the opening T20 loss on Friday.

Mitchell Starc picked up 2 wickets in the 1st T20I (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mitchell Starc had missed the final ODI in Canberra on December 2
  • Starc bagged 2 wickets for 34 runs for Australia in the 1st T20I in Canberra
  • “We will give Mitch all the time he needs,” Langer said ahead of the 2nd T20I vs India

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc on Sunday got permission to withdraw from the T20 international squad due to a family illness, the International Cricket Council informed just hours before the 2nd T20I against India.

Australia and India are all set to lock horns in the 2nd T20I in Sydney on December 6. The visitors lead the 3-match series 1-0 after beating the hosts by 13 runs in the series opener.

It’s unclear whether Starc will re-join the Australian team for the first Test, which starts December 17 in Adelaide.

“There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case Mitch is no exception,” said Justin Langer, the Australian men’s team Head Coach.

“We will give Mitch all the time he needs and welcome him back into the squad with open arms whenever he feels the time is right for him and his family,” Langer added.

“We know he’s a great bowler. The amount of times he’s got us out of jail in one-day cricket, T20 cricket he’s a got a few credits, don’t worry about that.

“A few boys still owe him a couple of beers I reckon for some handy work that he’s mopped up,” Finch said last Sunday.

Starc missed the final one-day international in Canberra on Wednesday with rib soreness, but returned to play in the opening T20 loss on Friday. The final two matches are Sunday and Tuesday.

Selectors have already taken Cameron Green out of the T20 squad to play in an Australia A game against India A, while Marcus Stoinis is injured and Pat Cummins rested. Nathan Lyon has since been added to the T20 team, along with Mitch Swepson.



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