In one of the most surprising decisions, the Australian speedster Mitchell Starc and off-spinner Nathan Lyon have been omitted from Australia’s T20 squad which will go on to play against South Africa and India in the coming weeks.
Head coach Justin Langer confirmed the news and said, along with Peter Siddle, Starc and Lyon would be better off playing some matches in the Sheffield Shield Cricket to be ready for the crucial Test series against strong teams like India and Sri Lanka in the coming weeks.
Langer said, “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 (Starc, Siddle, Lyon, and Marsh) have a desire to be playing cricket for Australia in every format, with a really tough Test series against India coming up, we believe their preparation is to go back and get some really good cricket under their belts in the Sheffield Shield.”
Meanwhile, another left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis have been included in the squad. He gave a scintillating performance in the game against South Africa for his Australian Prime Minister’s XI side and picked up 3 wickets in the match.
“It gave us more evidence of how devastating he can be with the new ball. Tactically we believe it is important to have a good left-arm swing bowler at our disposal for the four matches. Marcus missed our recent T20 matches in the United Arab Emirates because he hadn’t resumed bowling, but now he’s back to full fitness, he will add great depth to the squad. Stoinis is a great player and a versatile one, he is a powerful middle-order batsman. He provides us with another solid bowling option,” Langer added.
The one-off T20I against South Africa is scheduled for November 17 at Queensland’s Carrara Oval. The three-match series against India will start on 21 November in Brisbane.
FULL 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
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