STARC TO MISS THIRD T20I WITH FINGER INJURY

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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the third T20I against Sri Lanka, and is in doubt for the early part of the five-match ODI series after requiring six stitches in his left index finger following a bizarre laceration in game one in Colombo on Tuesday. 

Jhye Richardson, who replaced Starc in Australia’s T20I side and took 3 for 26 in the three-wicket win in game two on Wednesday, has been called into Australia’s ODI squad as cover for Starc. Starc lacerated the index finger on his bowling hand in the opening over of the first T20I on Tuesday.

He reached so far down in his follow-through with his bowling arm that he ended up spiking his own finger with the bottom of his bowling shoes. He was able to bowl his remaining three overs and picked up 3 for 26, but was ruled out of the second and third T20I. He will remain with the squad and will continue to train, but will need a minimum of seven days, and possibly longer, for the wound to heal.

That likely rules him out of the first ODI in Pallekelle next Tuesday. Australia will likely be cautious with Starc as he will be a key cog in the Test attack later in the month after starring on his last Test tour of Sri Lanka. Richardson was initially left out of the ODI squad despite being in the original T20I squad.

 He was set to play in the two Australia ‘A’ four-day games in Hambantota that run concurrently with the ODI series in Sri Lanka. South Australia quick Nathan McAndrew has been called in from Warwickshire as Richardson’s replacement for Australia ‘A’.