SL VS AUS: Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead, has declared that he will not jeopardize his chances of participating in the two Tests by returning from his index finger injury too soon. And risk exacerbating it in the three remaining One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka. The five-match One-Day International series is evenly balanced, with both Australia and Sri Lanka have won one game each. Learn how to bet on cricket at top rated, real money, trusted betting sites in India offering competitive odds on teams online.

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Starc sliced his left index finger on a shoe spike during the T20I opener against Sri Lanka last week. And while he still hopes to play an ODI or two. He doesn’t want to jeopardize his chances of participating in the Test series that follows. Starc got his sutures removed on Thursday. But his availability for the ODIs is contingent on how quickly his finger heals.

“Once We Get To Colombo We’ll Have a Look At It”: Mitchell Starc

SL VS AUS: “Will Not Compromise On My Test Chances By Playing ODIs With Injury”, Says Mitchell Starc
SL VS AUS: “Will Not Compromise On My Test Chances By Playing ODIs With Injury”, Says Mitchell Starc

Starc described his inability to play in the series as a “strange feeling.”

“I’m still holding onto hope that I will. I had the stitches out (on Thursday). Once we get to Colombo we’ll have a look at it again and see where it’s at. It’s just a matter of where the wound is at. And obviously with one eye on the Test series as well and not compromising that. I’ve had to bowl at training with the tape on. And it’s purely that I can’t do that in the fixture due to the ICC rules which is why I’m not playing. We’re just making sure we’re not compromising the Test series.”

Starc was quoted as saying by about his chances of featuring in the ODI series

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SL VS AUS: Australia’s Injury Woes

In recent days, the 32-year-old has been able to bowl at full pace in training. But due to ICC rules prohibiting bowlers from wearing tape on their fingers, Starc has been unable to play in games. How well Starc’s finger recovers from here will determine if he is fit to play in the third ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

On the tour to Sri Lanka, Australia has been plagued by injuries. Marcus Stoinis (side strain), Sean Abbott (finger), and Kane Richardson (hamstring) are all out, while Ashton Agar (side strain), Starc, and Mitchell Marsh (hamstring) are also out.

Agar will miss the rest of the ODI series, but he hopes to be healthy for the second Test. In Friday’s 26-run ODI loss, star batsman Steven Smith gave the camp a scare when he pulled up limp while dashing for a second run. He was able to continue playing after having strapping on his upper left leg, but he will be evaluated over the next few days.

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