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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the upcoming limited overs tour of India due to a “substantial tear” in his left pectoral muscle.
Starc sustained the injury while bowling on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra, where Australia won by 366 runs.
Starc was named Man of the Match in the second Test as he took five-wicket hauls in both innings.
“Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra,” national selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “This means he will be unavailable for the tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in March.”
With Starc out of action, pace bowler Kane Richardson has been recalled to the side as a result of his outstanding performance in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL).
Richardson, who plays for the Melbourne Renegades, is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 24 victims at an average of 14.91.
“Kane has been in outstanding form over the summer, including his recent performances in the BBL. Kane not only has experience playing ODI cricket for Australia, but he’s also performed well for his country when given the opportunity,” Hohns said.
Meanwhile, Shaun Marsh will miss the start of the tour due to the birth of his second child and opening batsman D’Arcy Short will cover for him.
Ashton Turner and Nathan Coulter-Nile have also earned call-ups, but Mitchell Marsh, Peter Siddle and Billy Stanlake have been dropped.
Pace bowler Josh Hazlewood was not considered for selection since he is still recovering from the stress fracture he suffered in his back.
“Nathan Coulter-Nile provides us with another quality bowling option, he brings good energy in the field and can also score runs in high-pressure situations,” Hohns said. “Peter Siddle and Mitch Marsh are unfortunate to miss out, but our message throughout the summer remains true, with such a big schedule ahead opportunities may well present themselves.
“Ashton has been on our radar for some time, given his performances in the shorter formats. Ashton is a smart cricketer who reads the game well and provides us with another strong batting option. He’s been in good form over the summer, and he has an opportunity to put his case forward ahead of the World Cup.”
Australia’s limited overs tour of India will consist of two Twenty20 Internationals and five ODIs.
The Twenty20 series will begin on February 24 in Visakhapatnam, while the ODI series will get underway on March 2 in Hyderabad.
Australia’s Squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short (as cover for Shaun Marsh)