Australia rest frontline players for T20s v SA and India
AUSTRALIA have left pace spearhead Mitchell Starc, spinner Nathan Lyon and all-rounder 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 yesterday.
Pace bowler Jason Behrendorff will take Starc’s place in an attack featuring Nathan Coulter-Nile and Billy Stanlake, while Marcus Stoinis returns after missing the T20 series against Pakistan.
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.
Australia have lost Test series against South Africa and Pakistan, and suffered defeats in 17 of their last 19 one-day internationals, including the six-wicket thrashing by the Proteas in the series-opening ODI in Perth on Sunday.
Australia meet South Africa in a one-off T20 match on the Gold Coast on November 17.
Meanwhile Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has slammed New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for making a “disgraceful” throwing gesture when facing the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez during the one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
Taylor appeared to query the bowling of part-time offspinner Hafeez whose action has been deemed illegal several times in recent years.
“I will say that Taylor’s action was not correct,” Sarfraz said. “It’s not his job to give (the) action which was shown on TV. It was disgraceful, for me.” | Reuters