Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc will miss the ODI and T20I series in India in September and October due to a slower than expected recovery from an injury to his right foot.
Starc played in the Champions Trophy in June but was not chosen for Australia’s upcoming Test series in Bangladesh with the Aussies hoping he can play some domestic cricket and be fit for the Ashes later this year.
Australia physiotherapist David Beakley said: “We have recently reviewed the progress of Mitchell’s right foot injury and the healing process has been slower than we would have liked.
“Consequently, in order to ensure his best possible preparation for the Ashes, he will be unavailable for the tour of India and will continue his rehab in Australia with an aim to have him play for New South Wales in the domestic one-day cup.”
Seamer Nathan Coulter-Nile and allrounder James Faulkner has been recalled to the Australia ODI squad while there was also a place for spin-bowling allrounder Ashton Agar in the 14-man 50-over squad.
Coulter-Nile returns from a back injury while Faulkner will be joined in the ODI squad by the uncapped Hilton Cartwright.
Selector Trevor Hohns said: “We believe the panel has selected a strong squad to face the tough Indian conditions, that has the right mix of pace and spin.
“Nathan brings raw pace to the side with good variation. It is great to see him back from injury and we are hopeful he will have a big impact in this series.
“James Faulkner is a solid One-Day campaigner and is very familiar with sub-continent conditions, coming off a very good tour of Sri Lanka last year. We hope that he will take his chance in returning to the one-day side.
“Hilton is an aggressive striker of the ball and we think his game will be well suited to the transition to short-form cricket,” concluded Hohns.
Paceman Jason Behrendorff was selected in the T20 squad, where is uncapped at international level, following his return from an injury set-back, along with allrounder Dan Christian and wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who was chosen ahead of Mathew Wade.
T20 national selector Mark Waugh said: “The overall standards being set in the BBL and also the IPL are very high and the players selected have impressed in these tournaments.
“Jason has been a stand out performer for the Scorchers for a number of seasons and deserves his chance at this level.
“Dan is a very experienced all-rounder who can be a very dangerous batsman. He had a solid IPL season this year and we believe his bowling will be well suited to the conditions we will face in India.
“Tim Paine has been called up following his successful home T20 International and Big Bash campaigns,” concluded Waugh.
The tour of India will take place between September 17 and October 13.
ODI squad: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade (wk), Adam Zampa
T20 squad: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), Jason Behrendorff, Dan Christian, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine (wk), Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa