Australia could be without their pace spearhead Mitchell Starc for the limited-overs tour of India later this month. The team from Down Under will play two T20Is and five ODIs against India, starting February 23. The visitors are likely to announce their squad on Thursday and Starc could be a notable absentee.
Missing Starc will be a big blow for the visitors especially after the left-arm pacer’s recent performance against Sri Lanka. He roared back to form and was named man of the match for collecting 10 wickets in the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra. However, Starc could now spend some time on the sidelines as News Corp has reported the fast bowler is suffering from a soft tissue injury in his upper body. Starc can also be doubtful for Australia’s series against Pakistan in the UAE.
Starc’s absence would also be a hit to Australia’s preparations for the upcoming World Cup in England and Wales.
Australia could also miss Josh Hazlewood who is recovering from a back injury picked up in the home Test series against India. Australia will be desperate for winning a ODI series as they gear up to defend their World Cup title. The reigning world champions have lost their past six bilateral ODI series, last tasting success in January 2017 when they beat Pakistan on home soil. They last won a series abroad in mid-2016 when they beat Sri Lanka.
Australia’s tour of India will begin with a T20I on February 24. After the two T20Is, the five-match ODI series between Australia and India will begin on March 2 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. The Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (Jamtha) in Nagpur will host the second ODI on the 5th.
The third ODI will take place at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi on March 8. The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will host the penultimate ODI on the 10th. The series will conclude with the final ODI at the iconic Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on the 13th.
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