Fast bowler Mitch Starc set for return after missing the final ODI against India

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc is set to return to the Australian side for tonight’s T20 against India in Canberra as he zones in on a new wicket-taking record.

Starc missed the third ODI at Manuka Oval on Wednesday with “back and rib niggles”, according to skipper Aaron Finch, after also taking some bowling punishment in the opening two games.

The only Australian nominated for the ICC’s one-day player of the decade award, Starc returned figures of 1-147 in the first two clashes against the Indians.

Australian coach Justin Langer said he was “not losing one second’s sleep” over Starc’s form, and the left-armer also had support from his captain Aaron Finch.

“He hasn’t been at his very best and you have you understand that his standards are a lot higher than you would expect from most people because of how dominant he has been in the last eight or nine years in the white ball formats,” Finch said.

“It’s definitely not panic stations.”

Starc posted a picture on Instagram ahead of tonight’s match with the special Indigenous T20 kit and a pair of shoes decorated by Aussie women‘s all-rounder Ashleigh Gardner he’s expected to wear.

A post shared by Mitch Starc (@mstarc56)

Starc needs just three wickets to equal the Australian T20 record, currently held by retired all-rounder Shane Watson.

In his 34 T20 internationals, Starc has taken 45 wickets. Watson finished his career with 48 from 58 games for Australia.

A win tonight will see Australia move back into first place on the ICC T20I men‘s team rankings after England’s 3-0 win over South Africa moved them fractionally ahead of Finch’s side.

A series win will ensure top spot for Australia, whose next T20 assignment is in February in New Zealand.

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc shows off the indigenous playing shirt the Australians will wear in the T20 international series against India. For Kids NewsSource:Supplied

Originally published asStarc back as record nears

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