Starc, Mitch Marsh not included in Australia T20I squad


Australia have decided to rest Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle for the one-off T20I against the Proteas and the three-match series against India that follows.

Coach Justin Langer feels it would be better for all four players to rather play domestic first-class cricket ahead of four-match Test series against India and then two matces in the longest format against Sri Lanka.

Langer said: “We know coming off the back of the tour to the UAE, a huge summer at home, and the World Cup and Ashes just around the corner that we have to get the balance right between playing our best T20 team and preparing for the upcoming Test series.

“While I know all four have a desire to be playing for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their best preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”

Allrounder Marcus Stoinis and left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff get a chance to impress after being included in the 13-man squad that will be captained by Aaron Finch.

Behrendorff returns after recurring back injuries while Stoinis was not included in for the recent three-matchT20I series against Pakistan in the UAE which the Aussies lost 3-0.

Langer said of the duo: “Marcus is such a versatile player, he’s a powerful middle-order batsman and he provides us with another solid bowling option.

“Jason Behrendorff has also earned a spot in the squad after returning to full fitness. Tactically we believe it’s important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches.”

Australia T20I squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, D’Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa