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Pacer Mitchell Starc called up for final T20I against India

Australia have called up left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc for the final T20 match of the ongoing series against India at Sydney on Sunday. Starc has been called up as a replacement for injured fast bowler Billy Stanlake. Stanlake suffered a moderate grade ankle sprain during a catching drill ahead of the washed-out second T20I in Melbourne on Friday.

He was replaced by Nathan Coulter-Nile for the game and has now been ruled out of the final game in Sydney with Starc taking his place in the 13-man squad. Starc, 28, last played an international T20 game in September 2016, with his last home game in the format coming further back in 2014.

The left-arm pacer, who was originally rested for this three-match T20I assignment against India, turned out for his state side New South Wales in the last round of Sheffield Shield fixtures against Queensland. He was expected to sit out the next round of the first class competition in a bid to prepare independently for the start of next month’s four-Test series against India, but those plans have been slightly altered with this late call-up.

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