Mitchell Starc, Australian pacer is nursing a back and rib niggle, captain Aaron Finch revealed on Wednesday after the pacer was not named in the playing XI for the third and final ODI against India at Canberra.
Mitchell Starc, who struggled in the first two matches of the ongoing ODI series, joined David Warner in the injury room. David Warner was earlier sidelined with a groin injury and was ruled out of remaining ODI and 3 T20Is.
Mitchell Starc Got Bit Of Back And A Rib Niggle: Aaron Finch At Toss
Mitchell Starc debuted in 2010 and featured in 57 tests, 96 ODIs and 34 T20Is so far. He averages less than 30 with a ball in each format, and he received the Man of the Tournament award in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which Australia won, defeating New Zealand in the final.
“Starcy has got a little bit of a back and a rib niggle. The medical staff think he will benefit from a few days off,” Aaron Finch said at the toss.
In the first two ODIs in Sydney, Mitchell Starc took just one wicket for 147 runs. He conceded a whopping 20 runs, bowling four wides and a no-ball, in the opening over in the first match but picked Mohammed Shami’s wicket. After conceding 65 runs in 1st ODI, he conceded 82 runs in 2nd ODI.
Mitchell Starc Is Injured, And Pat Cummins Rested In 3rd ODI As Cameron Green Debuts
Australia have already sealed the series after clinching the first two games in Sydney with Steve Smith scoring successive centuries. The ODIs will be followed by three T20 Internationals starting Friday. Pat Cummins has been rested for the remainder of white ball limited-overs series to keep him fresh for four-match Test series.
In Mitchell Starc’s absence, pacer Josh Hazlewood joined pacer Sean Abbott in the starting XI in 3rd ODI against India at Canberra. Pacer Cameron Green debuted, and spinners Ashton Agar and Adam Zampa bowled alongside all-rounders spinner Glenn Maxwell and pacer Moises Henriques.
Sean Abbott conceded 84 runs and picked 1 scalp. But India scored 302/5 in stipulated 50 overs with Virat Kohli scoring 63 and the duo of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja remaining unbeaten on 92 and 66 respectively.