Cricket

India vs Australia: Pacer Mitchell Starc called up for the final T20I as hosts aim for series win

  • Agence France-Presse
  • November 24th, 2018
  • 12:29:00 IST

Sydney: Mitchell Starc was on Saturday drafted into Australia's squad for their final Twenty20 against India in what could be his first short-format international in two years.

Mitchell Starc. AFP

If Mitchell Starc is included in the XI for the third T20I, it will be his first appearance in the format in two years. AFP

The pace spearhead had been left out of the squad for their T20 games against South Africa and India so he could focus on the Sheffield Shield to be better prepared for the upcoming Test series against the Indians.

But fellow fast bowler Billy Stanlake turned his ankle in the warm-up for the second match against India on Friday and has now been ruled out of the third and final game in Sydney on Sunday.

"(Starc has) got so much experience in the limited-overs games as well and we’ve seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball," skipper Aaron Finch said.

"We'll have a look at the wicket this afternoon and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first Test, his preparations will be really good."

Australia lead the series 1-0, with Friday's game abandoned due to rain.

Starc last played a T20 for Australia in September 2016 against Sri Lanka in Colombo. His last one on home soil was in Sydney in February 2014 against England.

Australia squad: Aaron Finch (capt), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D`Arcy Short, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa.

Updated Date: November 24, 2018 12:29:00 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

IPL 2021: Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa reach Australia, undergoing quarantine
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa reach Australia, undergoing quarantine

Earlier this week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a temporary ban on arrivals from India due to the worsening coronavirus outbreak, leaving thousands of Australians - including high-profile cricketers - stranded.

Bengaluru FC's Australian footballer Erik Paartalu slams his government's flight ban
Sports

Bengaluru FC's Australian footballer Erik Paartalu slams his government's flight ban

On Thursday, Reiffel's attempts at leaving for Australia hit a dead end because of his country's suspension of air travel with India.

IPL 2021: Star-studded RCB stand in way of KKR revival as teams lock horns in Ahmedabad
First Cricket News

IPL 2021: Star-studded RCB stand in way of KKR revival as teams lock horns in Ahmedabad

Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to get their mojo back when they face struggling Kolkata Knight Riders who need a complete overhaul for their IPL revival.