Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis Ruled Out of T20I Series In India
By CricShots - Sep 14, 2022 1:40 pm
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Defending champions Australia are not in the mood of taking any chances ahead of the T20 World Cup 2022 next month. With Aaron Finch and his men scheduled to lock horns with India in a three-match T20I series beginning in Mohali on September 20, Australia has decided to play safe and decided to rest some crucial cogs like Mitchell Starc, Mitch Marsh, and Marcus Stoinis, to help them recover from injuries.

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Mitchell Starc took a 5-wicket haul

David Warner had already been rested from the tour and now Mitchell Starc (knee), Mitchell Marsh (ankle), and Marcus Stoinis (side) have been ruled out of the India tour, with Nathan Ellis, Daniel Sams, and Sean Abbott being included as replacements. The injuries to the trio are minor, but with the travel involved for three matches in three separate cities in six days in India, Australia has taken a cautious approach with their T20 World Cup 2022 campaign due to start on October 22 when they face New Zealand at the SCG.

The injuries to Marsh and Stoinis came into the limelight during Australia’s north Queensland ODI series against Zimbabwe and Cairns, but Starc got to know about his injury after a scan on his knee today in Sydney. Australia will play home the T20 series against the West Indies and England in the lead-up to the World Cup, with Warner, Marsh and Stoinis expected to be available for those games.

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The absence of Stoinis all but guarantees Mumbai Indians all-rounder 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.

The Australia squad will fly to India early on Thursday (September 15) ahead of a few days of acclimatization and training leading into the first match next Tuesday (September 20) in Mohali. They play again on September 23 in Nagpur before the final match a couple of days later in Hyderabad.

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Australia T20 Tour of India 2022 Schedule

  • September 20: First T20, Mohali
  • September 23: Second T20, Nagpur
  • September 25: Third T20, Hyderabad

Australia squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (vc), Tim David, Nathan Ellis, Aaron Finch (c), Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

India squad: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul (vc), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandaran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.