Australia Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc makes a return to international cricket as Australia name their 16-man squad for the upcoming One-Day International (ODI) tri-series against West Indies and South Africa in the West Indies in June. Left arm fast bowler Starc had sustained a foot injury in Day-Night Test against New Zealand at Adelaide last year, Starc also missed the ICC World T20 2016 in India as well. Starc is making a comeback into the team after successfully undergone ankle surgery and rehabilitation since then. 

Chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said “Mitchell has progressed very well in his rehab and the medical staff are confident he will be fit to play in this series. It is extremely pleasing to have a bowler of his calibre back in the side.”

Mitchell Starc will make his expected and long awaited return to spearhead Australia’s attack in the June series. Out of action for four months since ankle surgery, Starc was sorely missed as Australia failed to reach the World T20 semi finals in India this month. This will also be Head’s first ever Australia ODI call up, along with him Matthew Wade also comes back into the team after having been dropped from the T20 squad.  Opening Batsman of Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch is likely to continue in that position with David Warner coming in at No.4. Steven Smith will led the side. George Bailey also features in the team along with a group of all-rounders in Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh.

Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Australia, South Africa and West Indies the triangular tournament that starts from June 3 to 26.

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