Fast-bowler Mitchell Starc is looking set to play in the upcoming Adelaide Test against India after returning to join the Australia squad four days out from the game. The first Test of the much-anticipated Border-Gavaskar series is scheduled to get underway on December 17.
Mitchell Starc’s participation in the match was in doubt after he had left the Australia camp during the T20I series due to a family illness. He had pulled out of the three-match T20I series after the first game on compassionate grounds with no date marked for his return at the time.
But the left-arm pacer has decided to join the camp just in time to push his case for a place in the playing eleven for the historic day-night Test. It will be the first-ever day-night Test between India and Australia.
“Starc has advised Australian team management he is ready to re-enter the hub in Adelaide and will fly from Sydney on Monday with fellow Test squad members in the Australia A team,” Cricket Australia said in a statement on Sunday (December 13).
Mitchell Starc’s teammate Josh Hazlewood expressed his delight over the news and has backed the pacer to be ready for the Border-Gavaskar series opener despite limited time to prepare.
“It’s obviously great news for us to have Starcy come in tomorrow,” Hazlewood said on the sidelines of Australia’s training session on Sunday. “He’s a huge part of our team and a huge part of our attack. Everyone knows his numbers with the pink ball are pretty special so we welcome him with open arms.”
Australia would be definitely delighted to have their pace spearhead back in time for the important clash. Mitchell Starc boasts of a stellar record in day-night Tests, having played seven of them and claiming 42 wickets in those.