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The Australian selection panel have left out their pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for the upcoming T20 series vs India the commences on November 21st.
Veteran paceman Peter Siddle has also been omitted, with selectors keen for the four to prepare for the upcoming Test series against India by playing red-ball cricket in the domestic Sheffield Shield.
“We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series,” coach Justin Langer said in a team release on Thursday.
“While I know all four have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”
Jason Behrendorff will replace Starc in the squad and will join the likes of Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake. On the other hand, Marcus Stoinis, who missed the tour of Pakistan due to an injury makes it to the squad.
“Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. … Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches,” Langer said.
“Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the UAE because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness he’ll add great depth to the squad.”
Aaron Finch’s men will hope to turn the tides and get back to winning ways after their team was drubbed 3-0 in the middle east. The series will commerce on 21st of this month at Brisbane following the conclusion of the South Africa series.