Australian spearhead Mitchell Starc is finally set to join the squad ahead of the first Test match against India, Justin Langer confirmed on Sunday.
Starc, 30, is one of the most successful bowlers for Australia in the longest format of the game, had missed the final two T20I matches against India. He left the bubble midway to fly back to his home due to an unspecified illness in his family.
He is Australia’s biggest asset going into the Test series against Virat Kohli and co. starting December 16 at Adelaide. Starc will rejoin the whole squad on Monday i.e., 14th December, head coach Justin Langer confirmed.
“We feel for Mitch at this difficult time and we’re happy he has taken time out to spend with his family,” he said.
“We look forward to welcoming him back into the squad on Monday.”
“It’s obviously great news for us to have Starcy come in tomorrow. 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. If we’ve learned anything from this series it’s that nothing goes to plan” Josh Hazlewood said.
“We’re always struggling with the schedules and travel and different things” he added.
Australia Test squad:
Tim Paine (c), Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner