Mitchell Starc steamed and threw a fiery porter at Marnus Labuschagne during a training session.© AFP
India and Australia are preparing for the opening Test of the four-match series, which starts in Adelaide on Thursday. While India has a number of selective headaches, hosts Australia have been plagued by injuries. The Australians, however, received a massive boost a few days back when it was announced that speedy spearhead Mitchell Starc had joined the Australian camp and would be vying to play the first Test. On Tuesday Cricket Australia tweeted a video of Starc steaming into a bowl in a training session, and on the first ball to Marnus Labuschagne, the left-handed fast bowler sent a fiery goalkeeper against whom the batsman had to avoid action.
– cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 15, 2020
Starc looked out in the One-Day International (ODI) series against India and missed the final two games of Twenty20 International (T20I) after an unspecified family illness.
On Sunday it was revealed that Starc will rejoin the Australian team on Monday after his compassionate leave.
While Starc’s return is a huge boost for the Australians, the hosts have big decisions for the initial Test.
Australia will have to endure without star opener David Warner, who suffered a groin tear. His likely replacement, young Will Pucovski, was ruled out of a concussion after being hit on the helmet by a goalkeeper in a tour match last week.
Sean Abbott was also ruled out due to a bovine strain with Moises Henriques called in as his replacement. There is also uncertainty about the availability of young versatile Cameron Green, who also suffered a concussion after being hit on the head by Jasprit Bumrah’s powerful direct drive.
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