Australia’s left-arm pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, all-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis will be unavailable for the upcoming T20I series against India owing to injuries.
Opener David Warner was already rested from the trip before Starc (knee), Marsh (ankle) and Stoinis (side strain) have been ruled out of the T20I tour of India.
“Selectors felt with three games in six days across three cities – including travel to India and internally – Marsh, Stoinis and Starc are best served remaining in Australia to prepare for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup,” a Cricket Australia (CA) statement said.
A report on the cricket.com.au website had earlier said pacer Nathan Ellis, all-rounders Daniel Sams, and Sean Abbott are the likely replacements for the three injured stars, with the best of three T20Is scheduled to take place on September 20, 23 and 25 in Mohali, Nagpur and Hyderabad respectively.
In the last T20I series against India in 2019, Australia had won the two-match series 2-0.
Marsh and Stoinis suffered their injuries during Australia’s ODI series against Zimbabwe at Townsville and against New Zealand at Cairns. However, Starcs exclusion from the tour to India was announced late after a scan on his knee in Sydney.
“The absence of Stoinis all-but guarantees Tim David will make his Australian debut on the tour as a middle-order finisher, and gives him the chance to make it difficult for Stoinis to force his way back into the side.”
“Marsh’s absence could see Steve Smith move back up to No.3 with allrounder Cameron Green coming into the side, while Josh Inglis is likely to partner Aaron Finch at the top of the order with Warner rested from the tour for family time,” added the report.
Following the T20I series against India, Australia will host the West Indies and England for two T20I series in the lead-up to their Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 title defence at home.
Australia will have a warm-up match against India at The Gabba, Brisbane before starting their Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 campaign at home against New Zealand on October 22 in Sydney.
Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vice-captain), Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (captain), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.