SL vs AUS: The ongoing T20I series between Sri Lanka and Australia have already been wrapped up by the visitors 2-0 with one game to go. The Aaron Finch-led side has displayed a staggering performances with both bat and ball and they would be eyeing a whitewash.
Ahead of the third T20I, Australia has suffered a massive blow as premier pacer Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the final game due to a finger injury. The left-arm pacer sustained a deep cut to his left index finger during the first match of the series and missed the second game due to the same reason.
Starc required six stitches for his wound to heal and it is expected that he would be fit by the next 7 days. However, if he failed to recover within the desired time, he would be ruled out of the ODI series as well.
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Cricket Australia confirmed the same and revealed that they have added Jhye Richardson, who replaced Starc in the second T20I, to the ODI squad as the cover for the left-arm pacer. The governing body also confirmed that the Starc will remain with the squad in Sri Lanka and will train with them.
“(He) will continue to train with the squad in Sri Lanka and potentially return during the ODI Series. His recovery time is unspecified but anticipated to be a minimum of seven days,” Cricket Australian stated.
Coming to Starc’s performance in the first T20I, the left-arm seamer displayed a wonderful exhibition of death bowling. He returned with the figures of 3/26 to help his side bundle out Sri Lanka for just 128 runs and subsequently win the match.
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With the series already in the bag, Australia can test their bench strength and give opportunities to youngsters. They can replace Mathew Wade with Josh Inglis and also Ashton Agar can make way for Mitchell Swepson.
Here’s Australia’s probable XI for the third T20I
Aaron Finch (c)
Josh Inglis (wk)
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