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Mitchell Starc opts out of the second T20I against Sri Lanka

Mitchell Starc opts out of the second T20I against Sri Lanka

Australia will have to do without the services of their star pacer Mitchell Starc in the second T20I on August 30. Mitchell Starc is going to attend his brother’s wedding. Billy Stanlake and Sean Abbott will compete for this vacant spot to find a place in the starting lineup at the Gabba.

Mitchell Starc got a couple of victims in the first T20I at the Adelaide Oval, giving away only 18 runs.

Abbott and Stanlake have the same number of scalps coming into the game. Both the bowlers having 5 victims in their bag in as many fixtures for New South Wales and Queensland in the Marsh One-Day Cup but Abbott had a better average and economy rate.

Billy Stanlake has had more recent experience with the national side however and has successfully made a comeback from injury that saw him missing the T20 Blast stint with Derbyshire in July-August. Abbott has played only one ODI and one T20I for Australia since 2014. He came in as a replacement for the injured Andrew Tye.

Australia began the series and their home summer in a spectacular style. They registered a mammoth 134-run victory over Sri Lanka mauled by both the batsmen and the bowlers. Warner scored a magnificent century after a poor form since his comeback. The Australian side will now be heading into the second T20I with plenty of zest and confidence to put the series in the bag.