Monday, 18 January 2021

Mitchell Starc pulls out of Sri Lanka T20I for brother’s wedding

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ADELAIDE: Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has decided his brother’s wedding is more important than a game of cricket, pulling out of the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka to witness him tie the knot.

Billy Stanlake or Sean Abbott are likely to replace Starc as Australia target an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Cricket Australia reported the Starc move on its website on Monday, saying he had been granted a release as part of an increased focus on family time under head coach Justin Langer.

Regardless of whether Stanlake or Abbott get their chance, vice-captain Pat Cummins told reporters Monday Australia’s effective use of the short ball would continue.

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