Australia’s cricket team are dealing with a spate of injuries that threatens to prolong their agony in Twenty20 Internationals against India. Pat Cummins has been rested while David Warner and Ashton Agar are out injured. Nathan Lyon has been added into the Australian team while Aaron Finch is also in doubt after sustaining an injury in Canberra. Now, Australia have been dealt a further blow with Mitchell Starc been ruled out of the Twenty20 Internationals. However, this is not due to an injury as Starc has been released from the Australian cricket team on compassionate grounds.
Speaking to the media before the match, Australia coach Justin Langer said there has been an illness in the family and that is what prompted Starc to leave the series. “There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case, Mitch is no exception. 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 said.
Poor return for Starc
Mitchell Starc has not had a good year when it comes to his bowling form. He picked up five wickets in the series against England but returned with figures of 3/74 in one game. In the ODIs against India, Starc looked totally out of rhythm and lacked control of his bowling, conceding 20 runs in his first over which consisted of 11 balls.
Starc picked up only one wicket but ended with figures of 1/65 and 0/82 in the Sydney ODIs as Australia won both the games. The left-arm pacer missed the third ODI after complaining of back and rib soreness but came back in the first T20I where he got the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan. However, he was hit around the park by Ravindra Jadeja as he ended with 2/34. More importantly, his bouncer was top-edged onto the helmet by Jadeja and he had to be replaced by a concussion substitute Yuzvendra Chahal.
India won the first game by 11 runs and they have had a great record in T20Is in Sydney, winning both games and with Virat Kohli scoring two fifties. A win in Sydney will make India the first team to win two T20I international series in Australia and also extend their unbeaten series run in Australia since 2008.