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India vs Australia 2018-19: Mitchell Starc Replaces Injured Billy Stanlake For Sydney T20I 

India vs Australia 2018-19: Mitchell Starc Replaces Injured Billy Stanlake For Sydney T20I

Mitchell Starc has replaced injured Billy Stanlake in the Australia squad for the third and final T20I against India in Sydney.

Mitchell Starc is in line to play his first T20I in Australia since 2014 and first T20I since the game against Sri Lanka in Colombo two years ago. The left-arm pacer has replaced Billy Stanlake in Australia’s T20I squad for the upcoming T20I against India. Stanlake was a last minute exclusion from Australia’s playing eleven for the second T20I in Melbourne on Friday.

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Stanlake injured his ankle during a warm-up session just before the game. His injury was initially not thought to be serious but scans on Saturday showed enough for medical staff to rule him out of the third match.

Nathan Coulter-Nile had replaced him in the playing eleven at the last moment.

Starc recently turned up for NSW Blues in their impressive win over Queensland in the Sheffield Shield. He was likely to sit out his state’s next assignment in order to prepare for the four-Test series against India. However, an injury to Stanlake has changed the plans.

Michell Starc (Credits: Twitter)

Stanlake, on the other hand, is likely to return to action in the Big Bash League with the Adelaide Strikers.

Meanwhile, rain washed out the second T20I in Melbourne on Friday. As a result, Australia now hold an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series. Asked to bat first, Australia’s innings never got the impetus before rains arrived.  The rain arrived heavily in the 19th over of the Australian innings, forcing players to leave.

Following that, the players never returned to the field before the umpires called off the game. Australia were reeling at 132 for 7 when the rain-gods showed their might.

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The abandonment denied India a big chance to level the series. It also denied them an opportunity to win their eighth consecutive series in T20Is.

Australia T20 squad for third T20I:

Aaron Finch (c), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

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