IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Why is Mitchell Starc not playing?

Updated on: Sep 21, 2023 3:51 pm IST

ind vs aus 1st odi why is mitchell starc not playing

IND vs AUS three-match series set to kick off at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on September 22. Mitchell Starc, the formidable left-arm pacer, will not be a part of Australia’s XI for the first One Day International (ODI) against India. The announcement about Starc’s unavailability came as a significant development and a topic of intrigue for fans.

IND vs AUS 1st ODI: Why is Mitchell Starc not playing?

As the cricketing community eagerly awaited the clash between India and Australia in the first ODI, the news broke that Mitchell Starc would not be taking the field. The left-arm pacer, who played a pivotal role in Australia’s victorious 2-1 ODI series against India earlier, was sidelined due to “groin soreness.” This discomfort was encountered upon his return from the Ashes tour, where he had also suffered a shoulder injury during the Ashes 2023 series.

“I am feeling pretty good, my wrist is all healed now. I am hoping to play all three games. Starc won’t be playing tomorrow, hope he will be well bowled later in the series, same with Maxwell. We are trying to have a balance between getting a match time to everyone in the middle as we are going to the World Cup in a couple of weeks,” Australian captain Pat Cummins.

Mitchell Starc has been a linchpin of Australia’s fast-bowling attack, known for his ability to swing the ball at pace and pick up crucial wickets, especially in the death overs. His absence left a significant void in Australia’s bowling lineup, impacting the team’s strategy and balance.

In light of Starc’s unavailability, Australia opted to play the first ODI with four frontline bowlers. This decision emphasized the team’s focus on maintaining a strong bowling presence even without Starc. Pat Cummins, the Australian captain, reiterated their strategy of having four frontline bowlers prepared to bowl in all phases of the game. Spinner Adam Zampa was highlighted as a key component, anticipated to play a crucial role in the death overs, not only restricting the run rate but also securing crucial wickets.

The ODI series against India serves as an essential opportunity for Australia to acclimatize and adapt to Indian conditions. The absence of Mitchell Starc in the first ODI allowed them to experiment with their team combination and strategy, ensuring they are well-prepared for the battles ahead.

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