Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image: Cricket Australia

The Australian Cricket Team won a nail-biting encounter against Afghanistan. The Defending Champions hold their nerve and showed great fighting spirit. The management surprisingly left out Mitchell Starc from the playing 11 which raised a lot of eyebrows as he has been one of the best bowlers for Australia.

Australia now has won 3 matches out of 5 and has 7 points to their name with an NRR of -0.17. The team no longer has their fate in their hands as they would be hoping that Sri Lanka defeats England on 05th November.

Australia National Cricket Team
Australia National Cricket Team. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Daniel Vettori on Mitchell Starc

Australian Assistant Coach Daniel Vettori was asked about the reason behind leaving Mitchell Starc. “It was a tactical decision [to leave out Starc] We brought in Kane to play the role he executed tonight at the back-end of the powerplay, looking at the death overs where Kane has been exceptional in the past.” said Vettori.

Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori. Image: Twitter

“We were looking to use Josh Hazlewood at the start and implement a plan around him and Pat [Cummins] being effective with the new ball and pushed Mitch into a role where he’s competing with Kane Richardson, especially at the death where everyone thought Kane excels.” he added.

Glenn Maxwell on Fire

The flamboyant all-rounder smashed a terrific knock of 54 runs in 32 balls where he struck 6 fours and 2 sixes. The right-handed batter looked in sublime touch as he was easily whacking the bowlers all around the park.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell. Pic Credits: Twitter.

Maxwell did a brilliant run out as he got rid of the dangerous Gulbadin Naib, due to which the momentum of the match shifted towards Australia. Maxwell once again showed why he is one of the best in World Cricket and made a statement that he is not done yet.

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