Mitchell Starc leaves South Africa tour to watch wife Alyssa Healy play Women’s T20 World Cup Final
Leading Australia pacer Mitchell Starc will miss out on the final ODI versus South Africa to watch wife Alyssa Healy play the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup final versus India here on Sunday.
Wicketkeeper-batter Healy will belong of Australia’s team which will handle an in-form Indian side at the MCG. The four-time champ home team would be intending to safeguard the title versus the first- time finalists.
There to assistance Healy would be Starc, who will miss out on the 3rd and final ODI set up to be played in Potchefstroom on Saturday to remain in Melbourne.
“It is 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,” Australia men’s team coach, Justin Langer stated.
“It is something we have been talking about for a while and, given Mitch has had a considerable workload in all three formats, his heading home a couple of days ahead of the rest of the squad means he’ll have a chance to refresh ahead of our home and away ODI and T20I against New Zealand that will wrap up our season,” Langer added.
The Australian men’s team will defend pride having currently yielded the 3-match ODI series 0-2 to South Africa.
Langer thinks Starc’s lack will be a chance for the similarity Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson.
“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,” Langer stated.