Star pacer Mitchell Starc ruled out with muscle injury as Australia announce squad for India tour.
Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming series against India while Mitchell Marsh has been left out of the squad. Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake are the other two players missing from the line up for the two T20Is and five ODIs against India, having earlier featured in the squad for the ODI series against India at home.
A pectoral injury, that Starc suffered while bowling on Day 5 of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra, will keep him out of action against India. The left-arm pacer will target a return during the ODI series against Pakistan, national selector Trevor Hohns said on Thursday (February 7).
“Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra. This means he will be unavailable for the Tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI Series against Pakistan in the UAE in March,” Hohns said.The series gets underway in late February with two T20Is on February 24 and 27 in Visakhapatnam and Bengaluru respectively. The first ODI will be played in Hyderabad on March 2, the second in Nagpur on March 5, while Ranchi will host the third ODI on March 8. The fourth and fifth ODI will be played in Mohali and Delhi on March 10 and 13 respectively.
Australia T20I/ODI squad: Aaron Finch (c), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (cover for Marsh)