New South Wales Blues MVPs Steve Smith and Mitchell Strac won’t be featuring in the team’s next Marsh Sheffield Shield knockout against Victoria that rolls out on Thursday.
Mitchell Starc pulled out of the game owing to the demise of his father on Tuesday. He was battling cancer and was diagnosed with the illness last December. Starc had taken leave back then but returned to the squad for the Border-Gavaskar trophy.
“Obviously it’s very sad, sad news,” teammate Nathan Lyon said today. All our thoughts and prayers are going out to Mitch and his family,” Nathan Lyon said on Wednesday.
“It’s obviously never great losing someone like that. It’s a tough time but he knows he’s got all our love and all our support from not just me but everyone here at NSW cricket and the cricket community as well.”
On the other hand, Steve Smith stated the elbow injury trouble for his withdrawal from the match. Smith sustained the injury during the four-match home Test series against India. He is hoping to return for the next clash.
“I have had some pain in my elbow that’s gradually worsened since the Test against India at the SCG and it requires some rest and rehab,” Smith said on his injury.
“I am hoping I will be right to travel with the Blues to Adelaide for our games down there next week but we will have to see how it responds to treatment.”