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Mitchell Starc withdraws from the T20I series against India

By Bet Barter

December 7, 2020

Australia’s blue-chip pacer had missed the third ODI due to back and rib niggles. Mitchell Starc returned and claimed two wickets in the first T20I in Canberra on Friday. The hosts lost that match by 11 runs.

Mitchell Starc leaves the Australian squad for the remainder of the T20 series against India due to personal reasons. The pacer had shown up in Sydney on Saturday but had to leave the team bubble after learning about a family illness.

Australian head coach, Justin Langer, stated that there is nothing more important than family in this world. In this case, Mitchell Starc is no exception.

The management will give Starc all the time he needs and will welcome him back into the squad with open arms. There will be no alternative for the pacer in the team as Andrew Tye and Daniel Sams are already a part of the squad.

Daniel Sams made his International debut against India on Sunday

The opening Day-Night Test starts on December 17 in Adelaide. It is still not clear as to when Starc will be re-joining the team. The men-in-yellow are already dealing with a spate of injuries with David Warner and Ashton Agar. They have been ruled out of the limited-overs series with injuries. Pat Cummins had also been rested for the final One Day and the T20 series as part of his workload management.

The paceman’s departure opened the door for Daniel Sams in the 2nd T20I on Sunday. The Left-arm all-rounder made his international debut. Stoinis and Tye also were added to the XI. They came in as a replacement for Finch and the pace pair Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

Australian All-rounder Marcus Stoinis featured in the second T20 match after suffering a side injury in the first ODI. Hardik Pandya and T Natarajan sealed the series for India after the 2nd win in Sydney against Australia. Team India chased down the massive total of the 195-run target.  

The visitors defeated Australia by six wickets to clinch the T20I series with one game left. Natarajan picked up two wickets for 20 runs from his four overs whereas Pandya smashed 42 runs off just 22 balls.

Chasing a massive total of 195, Shikhar Dhawan gave the side the perfect start with a classic half-century. The southpaw got full support from skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

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