AUS Vs SL: The Australian team has suffered a major setback in the five-match ODI series being played against Sri Lanka. Australia’s star fast bowler Mitchell Starc may be out of the entire series due to injury. However, the Australian team has managed to take a 1-0 lead in the series by winning the first ODI.
Starc practices during a training session at the Pallekele Stadium. But it is unlikely that he will be a part of the Australian playing XI in the series. Despite this, there is a dearth of fast bowlers in the host team. A report in cricket.com.au said that the reason for his ouster is that he is still injured and his finger has been taped.
It is not possible for him to play under the rules of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Injuries to four players in the space of a week left Australia short of fast bowlers and even if Starc is fit for the game, Australia will not be allowed to play one of their best 50-over bowlers.
very low chances of playing
The 32-year-old pacer was injured in the opening over of the T20I series. Later, he did not play the remaining T20 matches, while the injury had healed to some extent. Under ICC rules, tape to protect the hand or fingers can only be applied with the consent of the umpires. Captain Aaron Finch said, “Starc and Mitchell Marsh are likely to be available from the third ODI.”
Starc’s replacement has not been announced by Cricket Australia. Pat Cummins is currently leading the Australian fast bowling attack in place of Starc. Jose Hazlewood is also available for the remaining matches.
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