Australia fast-bowler Mitchell Starc has decided to leave his teammates in South Africa in order to watch wife Alyssa Healy play in Sunday’s ICC Women’s T20 World Cup final against India. The World Cup-winner will leave South Africa on Saturday and would thus miss the third and final ODI against the Proteas.
The three-match ODI series has already been decided with the hosts taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. The Australia pace spearhead has received full support from the team management to return home early. Head coach Justin Langer made it clear that he did not want to deny Mitchell Starc “a once-in-a-lifetime chance” to watch his wife play in a World Cup final on home soil.
“They were extremely supportive … so I’m very appreciative for that and very grateful that I can go back and support Alyssa, much like she was around for our 2015 World Cup win,” said Mitchell Starc.
“That was very special for all the boys to have their families involved so it’s a fantastic opportunity to repay that. They’ve definitely captured the support around Australia and overseas as well and hopefully there’s a massive crowd in Melbourne on Sunday,” he added.
Ravichandran Ashwin reacts:
India spin star Ravichandran Ashwin has reacted to Mitchell Starc’s decision of leaving a series midway in order to support his wife. The Australia pacer has been receiving praise from all over for his decision and Ravichandran Ashwin also joined the bandwagon to praise it.
Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to call the decision refreshing and wrote: “So refreshing to see this!! Well done 👍🏻”
So refreshing to see this!! Well done 👍🏻👏 https://t.co/qKc80FEPQJ
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) March 7, 2020
Meanwhile, Australia beat South Africa by 5 runs (DLS method) in a thrilling semifinal to enter the final. On the other hand, India booked their place in the final for the very first time in the history of the competition after their semifinal against England was washed out. India progressed to the final because of finishing higher in the group stage.