Aussies rest Starc, Lyon for SA and In­dia T20s

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

PACE spear­head Mitchell Starc, vet­eran spin­ner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder Mitch Marsh were all left out of Aus­tralia’s Twenty20 squad on Thurs­day to play South Africa and In­dia.

Coach Just i n La nger sa id t hat t hey, a long wit h Peter Sidd le, would be bet ter of f play­ing Sh­effield Shield cricket to be ready for a busy home sum­mer fea­tur­ing four Tests against In­dia and two against Sri Lanka.

In their ab­sence, Mar­cus Stoi­nis and Ja­son Behren­dorff get a chance to im­press af­ter be­ing in­cluded in the 13-man squad for a sin­gle T20 against the Proteas and three against the In­di­ans.

“We know com­ing off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge sum­mer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the cor­ner that we have to get the bal­ance right be­tween play­ing our best T20 team and pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing Test se­ries,” said Langer.

“While I know all four have a de­sire to be play­ing for Aus­tralia in ev­ery for­mat, with a re­ally tough Test se­ries against In­dia com­ing up, we be­lieve their best prepa­ra­tion is to go back and get some re­ally good cricket un­der their belts in the Sh­effield Shield.”

Khawaja eyes In­dia Test

Aaron Finch’s Aus­tralia are des­per­ate for form. They have lost 17 of their 19 one-day­ers and were thrashed 3-0 by Pak­istan in a T20 se­ries in the United Arab Emi­rates last month.

Mean­while, Us­man Khawaja’s come­back from surgery on his knee is ahead of sched­ule with the opener on Thurs­day say­ing he was con­fi­dent of be­ing ready for the first Test in a four-match se­ries against In­dia next month.

The ex­pe­ri­enced left-han­der, who hit a fight­ing hun­dred to help Aus­tralia scram­ble to a draw in the first Test against Pak­istan last month, has been out of ac­tion since the sec­ond Test of that se­ries.

His sta­bil­ity at the top of the or­der – which is al­ready with­out the banned Steve Smith and David Warner – has been sorely missed af­ter a string of re­cent Aus­tralian bat­ting ca­pit­u­la­tions.

He un­der­went surgery late last month and is al­ready back run­ning.

“My re­cov­ery is go­ing re­ally well so far. I’m try­ing to keep it cool, but it’s ac­tu­ally go­ing re­ally well.

“I feel like I’m a lit­tle bit ahead of where I should be,” the 31-year-old said.

The first Test in the In­di­ans’ tour of Aus­tralia is set for De­cem­ber 6 in Ade­laide.

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