Aus­tralia rest front­line play­ers for T20s v SA and In­dia

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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

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