In a major blow for Australia, the veteran pacer Mitchell Starc is still not completely fit to be in action for his side. In the same line of events, he is also set to miss the first ODI of the three-match ODI series against India, starting tomorrow on Friday, September 22. Australia will take on the hosts India in the series opener at the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.
Starc’s fellow pacer and Australian skipper, Pat Cummins confirmed the unavailability of Pat Cummins for the first ODI against the men in blue. Cummins told the press that the left-arm quick is still in the process of recovery from ‘groin soreness’, which he sustained at the time of travelling to England for the World Test Championship Final followed by the Ashes 2023.
Other than Mitchell Starc, the Aussie fans were also expecting a comeback of the veteran all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was ruled out of the recently concluded five-match ODI series against South Africa, in South Africa. But unfortunately, Maxwell will also miss the Mohali ODI against India as per the confirmation from the skipper Pat Cummins.
Concerns increase for Australia ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023
This series is going to be very crucial for the ODI World Cup 2023 preparations for the five-time World Cup Champions as they will be eyeing to win their sixth ODI World Cup title with a win in the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023. Last time it was eight years back in the year 2015 when Michael Clarke-led Australia won the ODI World Cup 2015 at their home.
Australia will start their campaign in the ODI World Cup 2023 with their first match against the hosts, India at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, October 8. In the upcoming three-match ODI series, both India and Australia will be looking ahead to make sure that all boxes are ticked just ahead of the marquee international tournament in their own backyard.
Here's how fans reacted to injury and the exclusion of Mitchell Starc:
Fit hai kon. sab to unfit hui ja rahy.— 𝙄𝑓𝐫ã🌻 (@i_ifraa) September 21, 2023
shayd mousam he aisa hai
Australia have most injured player right now— Satya Prakash (@Satya_Prakash08) September 21, 2023
It's alright. He will be fit enough to play World Cup 🤣— Waѕiyullah Budye (@WasiyullahB) September 21, 2023
It will be interesting to see how they adjust their lineup in Starc's absence. pic.twitter.com/O1dYoJkGHz— Zaki Akhtar (@zakiakhtar_s) September 21, 2023
50% of his cricketing career, he is in Injury. Extraordinary bowler with Injury concerns— Jubil John (@JUBILJOHN) September 21, 2023
Indians must be very happy— ChaChu 😎 🇵🇰 (@Oay_Afaq) September 21, 2023
Those who were telling that he will be Player of the Series and Most Wickets will be taken by him in 3ODI series against us😂😂😂😂— CricketWala (@USTrending60319) September 21, 2023
Ruled out or rested . Tactics— Mr.Naruto (@MrNarutoHokage) September 21, 2023