Australia has got another huge setback as their premier pacer Mitchell Starc has made himself unavailable for the last two T20I matches against India, which are scheduled on Sunday and Tuesday. After being fully backed by Australia’s head coach Justin Langer, he has returned home due to an unspecified family illness.
With Pat Cummins’ already being rested for the T20I series, Mitchell Starc’s ouster has made Australia’s bowling side more weaker. Their chances to win the penultimate T20I match has narrowed down while they have already lost the first T20I where Starc picked two wickets and conceded 34 runs in his four-over.
Justin Langer respected Michell Starc’s decision to be with his family while stated that they will wait for his return.
“There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case Mitch is no exception,” said Australia head coach Justin Langer said in a statement.
“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.”
Mitchell Starc’s absence a benefit for India:
Notably, Mitchell Starc has also not featured in the third ODI because of back and rib niggles. India had won that match by 13 runs.
Apart from Starc, Australia’s team is plagued with injuries. Their batting mainstay David Warner is already out because of a groin injury which they sustained during the second ODI. The star all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has also sustained a side injury and has only played the first ODI. Moreover, the team’s captain Aaron Finch is also doubtful after he suffered a hip or glute injury. His availability for the second T20I has not been confirmed.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc is also an important player for the Test series which will begin after the completion of the T20I series. It will be interesting to see whether the prominent pacer will be available to play in that series.