Australia and Sri Lanka will be involved in another T20I on Wednesday after the first one was completed on Tuesday. The first encounter went Australia’s way with the T20 World Cup champions cruising to a 10-wicket victory over the hosts in Colombo. However, Australia is likely to be without one of its lead pacers for the next encounter at the same venue in Colombo. In this article, we take a look at the strange injury due to which Mitchell Starc will miss the second Australia vs SL T20I.
Mitchell Starc will miss second Australia vs SL T20I
During the sixth delivery of the game, Starc slit the index finger of his bowling hand on his shoe spike. There was a slight halt in the game as he had to be given treatment. Since the injury occurred during the game, the player was allowed to tape his hand. However, for the next encounter, this is not possible.
Josh Hazlewood, who won the Player of the Match in the 1st T20I, said, “It was a strange one [Starc’s injury]”. He further added, “Once his left leg came back through, he clipped it on the spike, so he’s got a little cut on his bowling finger. He was allowed to strap it tonight being an external blow in this game (but) can’t strap it (Wednesday) night so that might cause a few problems.”
Starc finished with figures of 3/26 and was influential in helping his team dismiss the hosts for an under-par score. Mitchell Swepson will be the option to replace Starc as a spinner. The management also has the option of Jhye Richardson.
Australia is off to a perfect start
Australia won the first T20I by 10 wickets. It was a perfect start to the series by the Aussies. The bowlers, led by Josh Hazlewood got Sri Lanka all-out for just 128. Aaron Finch scored 61 and David Warner made 70 runs to give Australia a 10-wicket victory. It now needs to be seen how the hosts would come out of this loss.