Starc to miss 3rd SA ODI to attend Women’s T20 WC final
Starc miss 3rd ODI attend Women’s T20 final
Mitchell Starc will be unavailable for Australia’s third and final One-Day International against South Africa to watch his wife Alyssa Healy in action in the final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup, where Australia will take on India at the MCG on Sunday (March 8).
It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support his wife and be part of a fantastic occasion, Justin Langer, Australia’s head coach, said and added that it will help him refresh ahead of the series against New Zealand.
It is something we have been talking about for a while and, given Mitch has had a considerable workload in all three formats this summer, his heading home a couple of days ahead of the rest of the squad means he will have a chance to refresh ahead of our home and away one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand that will wrap up our season.
We have plenty of fast-bowling options with us here in South Africa with Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson all sitting out our previous match in Bloemfontein, and Mitch’s absence will offer one of them an opportunity to impress in Saturday’s match.
South Africa have already taken a 2-0 lead in the three-match ODI series, having registered a 74-run win in Paarl and a six-wicket victory in Bloemfontein.