Starc cuts short SA tour to watch wife Alyssa Healy compete in T20WC final
Australia will be out of service of pacer Mitchell Starc for Saturday’s final one-day international against South Africa in Potchefstroom after he was permitted to leave the tour to watch his wife Alyssa Healy compete in the women’s T20 World Cup final.
Defending champions Australia are set to face India in the T20 final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, with wicket-keeper batswoman Healy is one of the mainstay of the team.
Aussie head coach Justin Langer said,
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final. So we were happy to allow him to return home to support his wife and be part of a fantastic occasion.
‘It is something we have been talking about for a while and, given Mitch has had a considerable workload in all three formats this summer, his heading home a couple of days ahead of the rest of the squad means he will have a chance to refresh ahead of our home and away ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand that will wrap up our season.
“We have plenty of fast bowling options with us here in South Africa with Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson all sitting out our previous match in Bloemfontein,” he added.
Starc’s early departure might open the door for Jhye Richardson, one of the three pace bowlers who have been sidelined for the series.
Meanwhile Mitchell Starc have ushered high hopes for Aussie women to clinch the World title this time as well like they did in 2015.
“A lot of them have won plenty of World Cups the last few years, so it’s just another cricket game,” he said.
“It’s just going to be louder and more people watching,” he added.