Australian Cricket Team is unlikely to take a risk with speedster Mitchell Starc in the T20I series against Pakistan after having scans on the injured hamstring.
Meanwhile, Starc sustained an injury during the second Test as Pakistan beat the Aussies to seal the series 1-0. Australia skipper Tim Paine used him rarely as he battled tightness in his left hamstring. Furthermore, Mitchell Starc had precautionary scans on Friday night which showed no signs of serious damage.
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However, he will remain in UAE for the T20 fixtures while Peter Siddle will be with the side as back-up. The sense within the Australian camp is that Starc can benefit from staying on tour because it will allow team medical staff to monitor his recovery.
Australia’s main aim will be to make Mitchell Starc fit for the next month’s ODI series against South Africa and subsequently for the Test series against India.
Starc looms as one of several multi-format stars who must be carefully managed during a cramped summer schedule.
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Moreover, T20 skipper Aaron Finch, Mitch Marsh, and Nathan Lyon could also feasibly play in all three formats over coming months, forcing selectors to balance requirements for the limited-overs fixtures against the need for red-ball practice. Finch was among Australia’s best performers in the UAE Tests but scheduling clashes could leave him playing just one Sheffield Shield round before the first Test in Adelaide.
“You’ve got to pick your best T20 side and you’ve got to pick your best one-day side,” coach Justin Langer said ahead of the T20s. “If you ask the players, they want to play for Australia. They love playing for their states but you love playing international cricket,” he added.