Cricket Australia on Friday announced its team that will travel to India next month to take part in five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches. The biggest blow for the Australia team is that its pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the limited-overs tour due to a foot injury. Earlier it was expected that Starc will be fit for the tour but the selectors wanted to give him more time to heal so that he is ready for the Ashes which will be played in England later this year. “We have recently reviewed the progress of Mitchell’s right foot injury and the healing process has been slower than we would have liked,” team physio David Beakley said in a statement.
“Consequently, in order to ensure his best possible preparation for the Ashes, he will be unavailable for the tour of India and will continue his rehab in Australia with an aim to have him play for New South Wales in the domestic one-day cup,” he added. In Starc’s absence, there will be added pressure on Josh Hazlewood who is now the most experienced fast bowler of the side.
All-rounder James Faulkner who was overlooked for the Champions Trophy and missed out on a national contract has instead been recalled, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile who was highly impressive in the Indian Premier League. Apart from them, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have also been added to the pace battery.
The selectors have also named Western Australia paceman Jason Behrendorff in the T20 squad following his return from an injury setback, along with veteran all-rounder Dan Christian and Tasmania wicketkeeper Tim Paine.
Here are the complete squads:
ODIs – Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.
T20Is – Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.