India vs Australia 2019: Big blow to Australian cricket team as there pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the limited-overs tour of India due to a pectoral injury. All-rounder Mitchell Marsh has also been ignored for the two T20s and five ODIs versus starting on February 24. Eleven players in the 16-man squad featured in the home series against India last month, when Australia lost 1-2. The touring Indian team also won the Test series Down Under for the first time and drew the three-match T20 series 1-1.
Starc suffered the injury, which causes strain in the shoulder, arm and chest, during the final day of the second Test between Sri Lanka in Canberra three days ago.
“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 said in a statement.
“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.” Senior pacer Josh Hazlewood is also unavailable as he is recovering from a back injury.
Pacer Peter Siddle, who made an ODI comeback with the India series, having played his last game in November 2010. He played three games, conceding 162 runs at 6.48 runs per over and taking two wickets. Another pacer, Billy Stanlake, too has been overlooked.
Aaron Finch will captain the side on the tour starting with the T20 International in Vizag on February 24. The second game will be played in Bengaluru on February 27.
The ODIs will be held in Hyderabad (March 2), Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and Delhi (March 13).
“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,” Hohns added.
Senior batsman Shaun Marsh will join the squad later in India due to the birth of his child. He is also recovering from a hamstring injury.
Australia T20I/ODI squad: Aaron Finch (C), Pat Cummins, Alex Carey, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D’Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.
(With PTI Inputs)