West Indies Tri-Nation Series March 30, 2016

Starc set to return in West Indies


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Mitchell Starc will return from his long injury lay-off in the one-day tri-series in the West Indies in June. Australia have named their squad for the series more than two months out from their first match, and along with Starc notable selections include the uncapped batsman Travis Head, as well as Test spinner Nathan Lyon.

The tri-series involving West Indies, South Africa and Australia begins on June 3, and it is Australia's next international engagement now that they have been eliminated from the World Twenty20 in India. The selectors have chosen a 16-man squad to provide extra cover due to the travel time from Australia to the Caribbean in case of injuries.

Starc has been named for what will be his first international matches since the Adelaide Test against New Zealand in November, when he suffered an ankle injury that led to surgery and a lengthy recovery. Australia missed Starc's expertise at the World T20, and as the No.3 on the ICC's ODI bowling rankings and the Player of the Tournament at last year's World Cup he will be a valuable addition.

Speaking after news of his selection came in, Starc said he was not back to bowling at full tilt yet, but was getting there. "I've been in the gym for, I guess, close to three months now. Been bowling for three weeks, I think. So, just progressing through my bowling, not quite off the full run," he said. "Hopefully I get to bowl to a few batsmen soon, they all seem to be on holidays or just getting back from India… That will probably come in May when we get together in Brisbane, looking forward to that.

"It [the ankle] is all fixed, pretty good. Not off the full run yet but there's no pain there, which is something I have not had for nine months now, which is great."

"Mitchell has progressed very well in his rehab and the medical staff are confident he will be fit to play in this series," national selector Rod Marsh said. "It is extremely pleasing to have a bowler of his calibre back in the side."

Gone from the squad that lost the Chappell-Hadlee Series to New Zealand in February are fast bowlers Scott Boland and Kane Richardson, who have been dropped, and the batsman Shaun Marsh, who was not considered due to the impending birth of his first child. Marsh's absence opened the door for Head, who made his T20 international debut against India in January.

"Travis has put in some match winning performances in all three formats of the game this summer," Rod Marsh said. "He is an exciting young batsman with a bright future and if he gets his opportunity I have no doubt he will make the most of it."

The selectors also found room for Lyon, who played in the ODIs against India in January but was left out of both the squad for the Chappell-Hadlee Series and the World T20. Lyon and legspinner Adam Zampa are the two frontline spin options in the squad, along with the spinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell.

"Nathan has bowled very well in the West Indies in the past and we are predicting we will see some slow turning pitches," Marsh said. "Adam has impressed us in India during the World T20 and has bowled consistently well, and with confidence, when given his opportunity."

Fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile has also been chosen for his first ODI series since the tour of England last year. Australia's first game is against West Indies in Guyana on June 5.

Squad Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-capt), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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  • John on April 1, 2016, 2:49 GMT

    Good news Aussie fans.....They are still looking for the ball that Russell smashed out of the stadium off of Kohli's bowling...

  • Brian on March 31, 2016, 9:24 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha - You've summed it up well, and I've been saying the same about Rod Marsh for a while. His poor performance just can't be tolerated if we wish to maintain (or regain) our position in the cricketing world. Performances in the Big Bash - right under the selector's noses - seemed to mean absolutely nothing in the recent WT20 debacle. SURELY the two limited overs spinners should be Boyce and Zampa. Imagine that on a Trinidad turner! And to your point about Wade - I would claim that any of 3 or 4 other domestic keepers may come good given as much opportunity as Wade. Cheers!

  • James on March 31, 2016, 8:32 GMT

    Wade did do well on the tour to the SC with Australia A. He might come good. Nice that they have two spinners for turning wickets. This is a highly technical innovation, so extraordinarily advanced that it could not be implemented in the T20 squad. My mind threatens to explode just contemplating it.

    But we need a few more changes: chop Rod Marsh and the selection panel. How can what we saw in the management of the T20 team for the WC be tolerated? It was incompetence of a staggering magnitude. I simply cannot envisage how they could have been any worse. The scheduling was a mess, selections a mess, in-tournament tactics a mess. Since when is this acceptable for an Australian cricket team? I know: when they are playing T20. Then anything goes.

  • Terry on March 31, 2016, 8:11 GMT

    Starc has been playing with a nagging injury for a couple of years and the opportunity with this ankle injury has been taken to have the surgery to correct that as well. I expect him to be pain free, fresher and probably in a similar position to Mitchell Johnson when he came back in 2013.

    Get the feeling this ODI series has the feel of a contractual obligation so apart from giving Starc a run out I thought they may have given some younger players some experience. The goal in ODI's should be aiming at the Champions Trophy in mid 2017.

  • Stevan on March 31, 2016, 7:42 GMT

    I think Lyon should be in the test team only, i like him and think he can do the job in limited overs cricket but this is a chance to keep bloodingt Zampa at international level. Wade has had his chance and not really taken it, it would be Nevill for me but i dont really know if any other keeper is knocking down the door in domestic cricket.....

  • Gnaneshwar Raju on March 31, 2016, 6:32 GMT

    What about IPL return? Big loss for RCB if he doesn't show up

  • SHASHI on March 31, 2016, 6:19 GMT

    I dont think starc will be effective as he was earlier ( before injury ) ....

  • Dylan on March 31, 2016, 0:01 GMT

    Matthew Wade.... really!?

  • subhasish on March 30, 2016, 16:22 GMT

    ICC champions trophy next big event for Australia in 2017 they should build team for icc champions trophy head selection is very good he is a very good young batsman can bowl spin also Australia should back him 2 nd thing Australia should pick good wicketkeeper batsman in the 11 who can bat at no7 problem with current Australian Odi side is they play their wicketkeeper batsman at no8 Australia should pick good wicketkeeper batsman play him at no7 and can pick 4 regular bowlers jems fulkner is not a proper bowler he should play as a all-rounder Australia either pick marsh or fulkner for all rounder's job they can't pick both in the same 11 best Australia 11 .warner.finch.khawaja.smith.berly.Maxwell/marsh /fulkner.wade.zampa.stark.count nil.hesthings.

  • jayaesh on March 30, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    @GLENNOZ : Sorry me and most other subcontinent fans are often unable to comprehend certain Anglosphere colloquialisms like you-know-whatting , bog-average ... so kindly enlighten us . Lastly just because of few posters like @Rajesh you shouldn't form a generalized opinion about Indian cricketers or Indians in general . Always remember the internet adage : Don't feed the trolls !!!

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