Mitchell Starc & Steve Smith withdraws from the New South Wales squad for the match against Victoria on Thursday. Mitchell Starc will miss the match due to his father’s death. Starc’s father died on Tuesday from Cancer. Starc’s wife Alyssa Healy will also miss the NSW Breakers’ WNCL match against Tasmania. “Obviously it’s very sad, sad news. All our thoughts and prayers are going out to Mitch and his family,” cricket.com.au quoted teammate Nathan Lyon as saying.
“It’s obviously never great losing someone like that. It’s a tough time but he knows he’s got all our love and all our support from not just me but everyone here at NSW cricket and the cricket community as well,” he added.
Meanwhile Steve Smith has withdrawn from the match after suffering from an elbow injury which he countered during the Test series against India in January.
“I have had some pain in my elbow that’s gradually worsened since the Test against India at the SCG and it requires some rest and rehab,” Smith said.
“I am hoping I will be right to travel with the Blues to Adelaide for our games down there next week but we will have to see how it responds to treatment,” he added.
With the cancellation of Australia’s Test series against South Africa, Australian pacer Pat Cummins & Wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey will return back to Sheffield Shield Cricket to play their first match of the season after being included in the New South Wales and South Australia squads respectively.
Pat Cummins is added to the squad in place of fast bowler Josh Hazlewood who has been rested from the match. Pat Cummins had captained New South Wales in the Marsh Cup last week. New South Wales Coach Phil Jacques said that the change was necessary to manage the defending Champions pace battery.