Starc ruled out of Australia’s ODI series in India

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Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc will miss Australia’s white-ball tour of India with a torn pectoral muscle.

The left-arm quick returned to form with 10 wickets in the second Test victory over Sri Lanka, but suffered the injury on the final day of that match in Canberra.

The injury is not expected to impact on Starc’s World Cup hopes, and could return against Pakistan in the UAE next month. He was the joint-leading wicket-taker with 22 when Australia took the title four years ago.

Starc joins fellow fast bowler Josh Hazlewood on the sidelines, while banned duo David Warner and Steve Smith remain unavailable for the series in India. The tour starts with two T20Is before five one-day internationals that will form a key part of Australia’s preparation for the World Cup in England later this year.

D’Arcy Short earns a recall, while batsman Shaun Marsh is expected to join up with the squad ahead of the third ODI. He will miss the start of the series as he remains in Perth for the birth of his second child.

Australia squad to tour India: Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D’Arcy Short