After having started with a defeat against India in the three-match Twenty20 International series, Australia got another blow before the second T20I match against India on Sunday. Their key fast bowler Mitchell Starc wouldn’t take part in the rest of the series. Notably, he has been released for the rest of the series on compassionate grounds as well.
However, Mitchell Starc has left the team’s bio-secure bubble on Saturday in Sydney after being told about a family illness as well.
“There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case Mitch is no exception,” Australia Head Coach Justin Langer said in a statement on Sunday. “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.”
On the other hand, the team management did not name a replacement of the speedster. However, not only Starc but Australia wouldn’t get the service of their another pace bowler Pat Cummins as they decided to reduce his workload. However, Justin Langer admitted that the priority now will be the four-match Test series, which will begin after the limited-overs series.
Meanwhile, the decision didn’t go well with many and many former cricketers, including Brett Lee, has criticised it as well. He has recently opened up about Australia’s rest and rotation policy as he was also a part of it during his cricketing days. While speaking about this matter, he said that players shouldn’t be tired after playing just two games.
“It probably wouldn’t have been his call, he probably would have wanted to play, the players generally want to play,” Lee told Foxsports.com.au. “I would have thought after a couple of games they shouldn’t be tired.”
Notably, Pat Cummins wasn’t in his best form during the ODI series, where he took 3 wickets at an average of 39.66 as well. However, the pace bowler is likely to return for the four-match Test series, which they are targeting to win after losing it to India last time.
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