Aus­tralia leave Starc, Lyon out of T20 squad v In­dia

Stabroek News - - STARBROEK SPORT -

MEL­BOURNE, (Reuters) - Aus­tralia have left pace spear­head Mitchell Starc, spin­ner Nathan Lyon and all­rounder Mitchell Marsh out of the 13-man squad for Twenty20 matches against South Africa and In­dia.

Vet­eran pace­man Peter Sid­dle has also been omit­ted, with se­lec­tors keen for the four to pre­pare for the up­com­ing test se­ries against In­dia by play­ing red-ball cricket in the do­mes­tic Sh­effield Shield.

"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," coach Justin Langer said in a team re­lease on Thurs­day.

"While I know all four have a de­sire to be play­ing cricket 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."

Pace bowler Ja­son Behren­dorff will take Starc's place in an at­tack fea­tur­ing Nathan Coul­terNile and Billy Stan­lake, while Mar­cus Stoi­nis re­turns af­ter miss­ing the T20 se­ries against Pak­istan in the United Arab Emi­rates.

"Ja­son Behren­dorff has also earned a spot in the squad af­ter re­turn­ing to full fit­ness . ... Tac­ti­cally we be­lieve it's im­por­tant to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our dis­posal for the four matches," Langer said.

"Mar­cus missed our re­cent T20 matches in the UAE be­cause he hadn't re­sumed bowl­ing, but now he's back to full fit­ness he'll add great depth to the squad."

Aaron Finch's Aus­tralia were white­washed 3-0 in the T20 se­ries against Pak­istan and will be des­per­ate for wins against the Proteas and In­dia to lift the gloom over the na­tion's strug­gles since the Cape Town ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal.

Mitchell Starc

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