Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc will fly back from South Africa to watch his wife Alyssa Healy compete in the Women’s T20 World Cup Final.
Australia will be without the fast bowler for the final One Day International after Cricket Australia gave him permission to leave, so he could support his wife in the final against India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
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“Its a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support his wife and be part of a fantastic occasion,” said coach Justin Langer.
“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 one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand that will wrap up our season.
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“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, and Mitch’s absence will offer one of them an opportunity to impress in Saturday’s match.”
The news will come as a relief to South Africa’s captain Quinton de Kock, who has been tormented by Starc on the tour as he bowled South Africa’s premier batsman in three of his five innings.
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