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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

Mitchell Starc recalled as Australia seek T20 series victory over India

Left-arm bowler Starc played his last T20I against Sri Lanka away in September 2016

Mitchell Starc has been called up to the Australia T20 squad for the third and final match against India on Sunday. EPA
Mitchell Starc has been called up to the Australia T20 squad for the third and final match against India on Sunday. EPA

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc may be called up for his first Twenty20 international in two years against India on Sunday after replacing the injured Billy Stanlake.

Stanlake was ruled out of the series decider in Sydney after sustaining an ankle injury in the warm-up before the washed-out second T20I in Melbourne on Friday.

Left-arm bowler Starc played his last T20I against Sri Lanka away in September 2016.

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Australia, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning the opener in Brisbane, already have Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff and all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as pace options but captain Finch said Starc would be considered.

"(Starc has) got so much experience in the limited-overs games as well and we’ve seen how dominant he can be when he gets it right with the ball," Australia captain Aaron Finch told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

"We’ll have a look at the wicket this afternoon and discuss the side but coming straight off a Shield game with an eye on the first test, his preparations will be really good."

Australia face India in a four-match Test series starting in Adelaide on December 6.

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