Injured paceman Mitchell Starc expects to be available for Australia's one-day international series against Pakistan next month.

Starc, 29, will miss his side's tour of India after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during the second Test against Sri Lanka earlier this month.

But the left-armer thinks he should be ready for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates beginning March 22.

"UAE is around the 15th of March so if all goes to plan I should be pretty sweet to be available for that one," Starc told cricket.com.au.

"Obviously the boys go to India, hopefully it's a good tour for them there. I don't think I'll be ready for any stage of that.

"So it's up to the rehab group and the selectors and see how the rest of this summer goes."

Starc has played 75 ODIs for Australia, taking 145 wickets at an average of 21.44.

Australia have been dealt a blow with Mitchell Starc ruled out of the upcoming limited-overs series against India due to a torn pectoral muscle.

Starc took 10 wickets to lead Australia to a resounding win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra, but was hurt on the final day.

The left-arm paceman was left out of the 15-man squad for the tour of India starting on February 24.

"Unfortunately, scans have revealed that Mitchell Starc sustained a substantial tear to his left pec muscle while bowling on the final day of the Test match in Canberra," Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement on Thursday. 

"This means he will be unavailable for the tour of India, but we will instead target a return to play for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE in March."

Australia will play two Twenty20s and five ODIs against India, who won last month's 50-over series between the teams 2-1.

Starc's fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood is still sidelined with a back injury, with Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile to get their chances.

Shaun Marsh was included and is expected to be available for the third ODI as the left-hander recovers from a hamstring strain and awaits the birth of his second child, with D'Arcy Short in the squad as cover.

Ashton Turner, who has played three T20s for Australia, was also named.

"I'd also like to congratulate Ashton Turner on his selection in the squad. Ashton has been on our radar for some time, given his performances in the shorter formats," Hohns said.

"Ashton is a smart cricketer who reads the game well and provides us with another strong batting option.

"He's been in good form over the summer, and he has an opportunity to put his case forward ahead of the World Cup."

Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Jason Behrendorff, Alex Carey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short (cover for Shaun Marsh), Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Adam Zampa.

Mitchell Starc claimed 10 wickets for the match as Australia outclassed Sri Lanka by 366 runs in the second Test for a 2-0 series victory.

Starc dominated with the ball on Monday, the Australia paceman taking 5-46 and the final wicket to skittle Sri Lanka for 149 and secure a series sweep at Manuka Oval.

The 29-year-old, who finished with 5-54 in the first innings, earned his second Test 10-wicket match haul, having managed 11 against Sri Lanka in August 2016.

It was also Australia's first Test series triumph since the 2017-18 Ashes against England, which they won 4-1.

Sri Lanka pair Dimuth Karunaratne (8) and Lahiru Thirimanne returned to the crease on Monday at 17-0 and needing another 499 runs to win after being set 516 by Australia.

Starc only required seven balls to make his first breakthrough of the morning, an in-swinging delivery bundling over the stumps and sending Karunaratne back to the pavilion.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal (4) was the next to follow four overs later as the tourists were reduced to 28-2 by Starc after the skipper was caught at third slip.

Pat Cummins (3-15) joined in on the action when the Australia paceman claimed a caught-and-bowled to remove Thirimanne for 30.

But it was the Starc show in Canberra, where he almost claimed a hat-trick before lunch after back-to-back wickets of Niroshan Dickwella (27) and Kusal Perera (0), but Dhananjaya de Silva managed to thwart the Aussie quick.

A delivery kept low from Starc and hit Dickwella's off stump before Perera edged through to wicketkeeper and captain Tim Paine as Sri Lanka stumbled to lunch at 87-5.

There was no respite after the break as Jhye Richardson (1-29) celebrated his first scalp of the Test by dismissing Dhananjaya (6), while part-time spinner Marnus Labuschagne (1-6) took the wicket of Kusal Mendis (42).

Cummins removed Chamika Karunaratne (22) the following over and he struck again as Dilruwan Perera (4) said goodbye, before Starc tore through Vishwa Fernando (0) to close out the resounding win.

Mitchell Starc and Usman Khawaja found form as Australia closed in on victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra on Sunday.

Starc (5-54) and Khawaja (101 not out) starred for the hosts, who enjoyed a dominant third day at Manuka Oval.

With the help of Starc, Australia bowled Sri Lanka out for 215 – earning a 319-run first-innings lead – before reaching 196-3 and declaring, setting the tourists 516 for victory.

Bad light saw play stopped as Sri Lanka's openers survived, getting to 17-0 and needing another 499 runs to win.

Sri Lanka resumed at 123-3 and Starc quickly ripped through the lower order to give Australia complete control of the Test.

It was short-pitched bowling that caused the tourists trouble early, with Kusal Perera (29) retiring hurt after being hit in the head by Jhye Richardson (0-49).

Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had been taken to hospital after being hit by a bouncer on Saturday.

A short delivery led to the departure of Dhananjaya de Silva, who hit his wicket after attempting to pull a ball from Starc on 25.

Dimuth Karunaratne (59) chased a wide one from Starc and was caught by Kurtis Patterson before Nathan Lyon (2-70) removed Chamika Karunaratne for a duck.

The tail fell quickly as Starc grabbed the final two wickets for his 10th Test five-for and first since March 2018.

There were again some top-order worries for Australia, who slumped to 37-3 as Marcus Harris (14), Joe Burns (9) and Marnus Labuschagne (4) departed.

But Khawaja played a fine innings after a slow start and was joined by Travis Head (59 not out) for an unbroken 159-run partnership.

Under some pressure and having dropped a simple catch earlier in the day, Khawaja delivered a much-needed century – his first since October and eighth in Tests.

Tim Paine waited for Khawaja to reach the milestone before declaring, setting Sri Lanka 516 for victory.

Australia were unable to find the breakthrough they wanted in six overs before play was ended early due to bad light with Dimuth Karunaratne (8) and Lahiru Thirimanne (8) unbeaten.

Australia quickly seized control of the first Test with Sri Lanka as the tourists were bowled out for 144 on day one at the Gabba.

A dismal batting display saw Sri Lanka end Thursday's play with just a 72-run lead as the hosts swiftly set about a response and reached stumps at 72-2, with Marcus Harris unbeaten on 40.

Mitchell Starc (2-41) had brought up his 200th Test wicket, while Pat Cummins starred with figures of 4-39 and debutant Jhye Richardson impressively contributed 3-26 in a Sri Lankan innings that stuttered from the off.

This one-sided first day was at least harsh on Niroshan Dickwella, who admirably carried the visitors' cause with a brilliant 64 but could not bat out the day.

Harris and Nathan Lyon, still without a run, instead ended play at the crease as Australia look to set a big target on day two.

Sri Lanka won the toss but would soon regret their decision to bat, with Lahiru Thirimanne (12) surviving an lbw call to Starc - waiting on his landmark wicket at the time - before soon departing to Cummins as he edged to third slip.

Wickets fell steadily from that point and Richardson had his Test breakthrough bowling to Dinesh Chandimal (5), while Lyon got Dimuth Karunaratne (24) to limit the tourists to 58-3 at tea.

Richardson further stepped up the pace as play resumed and a beauty took out Kusal Mendis' (14) off stump. The same man struck again as Dhananjaya de Silva (5) edged behind.

Roshen Silva (9) was next to go and even Dickwella endured a tough start, surviving a drop on 11 and then seeing partner Dilruwan Perera retire hurt.

Perera was back again as Starc reached his latest milestone off the outside edge of Suranga Lakmal (7), but the bowler accounted for the returning batsman for a single run, too, as Marnus Labuschagne took his third catch of the day.

However, Dickwella hit six fours and a maximum as Sri Lanka's total swelled from 106 to 144 without losing another wicket.

The batsman picked out Kurtis Patterson as he sought another boundary, though, and Cummins ended the innings with two wickets in an over when Dushmantha Chameera found the same fielder for a duck.

Australia, by contrast, made a steady start and Harris' partnership with Joe Burns (15) only ended on 37 after Mendis took a brilliant catch at second slip. Usman Khawaja (11) also departed to Perera before stumps, but the day belonged to the hosts.

Mitchell Starc will refuse to pay any notice to Shane Warne's criticism as Australia prepare to take on India in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.

Australia levelled the four-match series at 1-1 earlier this week with victory by 146 runs, Starc picking up five wickets in the match to equal his tally from the opening-Test defeat in Adelaide.

Prior to the meeting in Perth, Warne had claimed that Starc was in danger of losing his place in the XI, but the left-arm quick is used to shrugging off harsh words from the legendary former leg-spinner.

"He's been on my back since I made my debut, so I don't really care what Shane says," Starc said.

"I'm not going to pay attention to him. As long as the coach, the captain, the team and the staff are happy with the role I'm playing and I'm doing that job for the team, that's what matters to me.

"People outside can say what they want. They've been on my back for eight years, it's not going to hurt me if they keep going for the next few years anyway."

Australia returned to winning ways and stayed alive in the series against India after claiming a comprehensive 146-run victory in the second Test.

Mitchell Starc will continue to ignore criticism from Shane Warne, saying he "may as well retire" if he listens to the former Australia star.

Warne has again been unflattering in his assessment of Starc's bowling in recent weeks, writing in a newspaper column after the first Test against India that some of his play had been "atrocious".

Those comments appeared to reignite a feud from 2015, when Warne criticised Starc's body language and the Australia man riposted that he had "nothing to prove" to the bowling great.

Reports suggested Starc was unhappy with this analysis, but he says he is not putting much stock in Warne's opinions, insisting the focus will remain on beating India.

"I still don't know what he said," Starc told FOX after day three of the second Test on Sunday. "I've been told about it.

"But if I keep listening to Warney, I may as well retire. I'll just keep going about my stuff, as I have done over the week."

Australia led by 43 runs after the first innings in Perth, stretching that advantage to 175 as they reached stumps at 132-4 on Sunday.

Starc (2-79) took the early wickets of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara as India batted for the first time, before their recovery was halted by the controversial dismissal of captain Virat Kohli.

Australia have named an unchanged team for the inaugural Test at Perth Stadium against India.

Aaron Finch has retained his place at the top of the order after failing twice in a defeat in the opening Test at Adelaide Oval.

Mitchell Starc unsurprisingly keeps his spot in the side despite concerns being expressed about the left-arm paceman's lack of rhythm.

Captain Tim Paine damaged his troublesome right index finger in the first Test, but declared himself fit as Australia attempt to level the four-match series.

Paine said Starc's place in the team was never really in doubt and backed the quick to show what he is capable of in conditions which should bring out the best in him.

"I don't think there was any [consideration],” Paine said on Thursday.

"Starcy has been good for us. The criticism he's come under this week has been pretty unfair.

"His best and his worst are getting closer together and I think we're getting closer to his best again.

"When he cops criticism he takes it pretty personally and sometimes that brings the best out of him."

India will have to do without Rohit Sharma (back) and Ravichandran Ashwin (side).

 

Australia: Aaron Finch, Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine (captain), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

Marcus Harris is backing Mitchell Starc to fire on all cylinders when Australia attempt to level the Test series against India in Perth.

Justin Langer admits there is uncertainty over how the pitch will play at Perth Stadium for Australia's second Test against India, but he hopes to see plenty of pace and bounce.

Australia coach Justin Langer insisted Tim Paine is "100 per cent ready to go" as he dismissed concerns over the captain's fitness heading into the second Test against India.

India created history after withstanding a spirited and tense Australia comeback to win an enthralling opening Test by 31 runs in Adelaide on Monday.

Entering the fifth and final day, India were in the box seat to draw first blood in their pursuit of a maiden Test series victory in Australia, with the hosts four wickets down and needing to produce a record fourth-innings run chase to claim an improbable victory.

India appeared set to cruise to victory at Adelaide Oval when Travis Head (14) and Shaun Marsh (60) fell in the morning session to leave Australia 156-6, but an inspiring rearguard display from Tim Paine (41), Nathan Lyon (38 not out), Pat Cummins (28) and Mitchell Starc (28) frustrated the visitors.

With only one wicket remaining and nerves palpable, Lyon almost singlehandedly achieved the impossible before Josh Hazlewood (13) was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin (3-92) with the final delivery prior to tea as India finally claimed their first victory in the opening match of a Test series in Australia.

Australia resumed on 104-4, requiring 219 runs to beat India, who made two crucial breakthroughs before lunch.

Ishant Sharma (1-48) caught Head off guard as the ball flicked the batsman's glove en route to Ajinkya Rahane and Australia's hopes of victory were dealt a major blow when Marsh departed following a valuable 10th Test fifty – the latter getting the faintest of edges off Jasprit Bumrah's delivery.

There were two reviews in an Ashwin over and Cummins survived both – India's first turned down before Australia successfully had a decision overturned three balls later, granting the tailender a reprieve.

There was no reprieve for Paine after lunch – the captain skying a pull shot, with his thick top edge taken easily by Rishabh Pant much to the joy of Bumrah (3-68).

Starc made a priceless contribution before temptation got the better of him, the big Australian attempting to blast Mohammed Shami (3-65) but it ended with an edge through to Pant.

Despite wickets falling, there was still a sense of belief in the middle, especially after Lyon was put down by Pant but India could breathe a sigh of relief when Virat Kohli showed a safe pair of hands to dismiss Cummins, giving Bumrah his third scalp.

Hazlewood came to the crease and played the ultimate support act to Lyon, who had India fearing the worst until Ashwin and KL Rahul combined to secure just the sixth Test win for the tourists in Australia.

Head coach Ravi Shastri was pleased with "cool, disciplined, patient" India as they built a 166-run lead over Australia after three days of the first Test.

The tourists took an advantage into the second innings in Adelaide after bowling out Australia for 235 and then set about stretching their lead, first-innings centurion Cheteshwar Pujara again starring with an unbeaten 40.

Pujara partnered captain Virat Kohli (34) in a third-wicket stand of 71, while opener KL Rahul also contributed 44 runs, and Shastri was very happy with India's attitude throughout Saturday's play as they reached stumps with seven wickets still in hand.

"We'll take that," Shastri told FOX. "It was a good hard day's Test cricket. I thought we did well to wrap up the [Australia] innings quickly. We kept our cool, we were disciplined, we were patient.

"Then the same applied when we went out to bat. When we lost a couple of wickets, I think that partnership between Virat and Pujara was crucial. They added about 60 runs [actually 71].

"I would still say there's work to be done. But if you asked me at the start of the day, 'Would you take this?' I will take it."

Australia were similarly optimistic at the close of play, even with India well placed on 151-3.

Paceman Mitchell Starc said: "Apart from KL, who took us on a bit and got away with a few, I think we've been very good with the ball. It makes for an interesting last two days."

Cheteshwar Pujara again frustrated a toiling Australia bowling attack as India built a healthy lead on day three of the first Test in Adelaide.

First-innings centurion Pujara patiently compiled an unbeaten 40 from 127 balls to help his side, who had earlier secured a first-innings advantage of 15, reach stumps 166 ahead on 151-3.

The number three was twice given out off Nathan Lyon deliveries yet overturned both decisions using DRS on a rain-affected day that saw the honours go to the tourists.

Lyon did claim the key wicket of India skipper Virat Kohli (34) late in the evening session, but Australia look set to face a stiff target on a pitch that has so far proved difficult to score on.

After rain halted the start of play by almost an hour, India wasted little time claiming the three wickets required to end the first innings of Australia, who resumed on 191-7.

Mitchell Starc was the first to go as he edged behind to wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant after being tempted into a big drive by Jasprit Bumrah (3-47).

Travis Head (72) and Lyon (24 not out) claimed some valuable runs, chipping away at India's lead, but the former and Josh Hazlewood (0) fell victim to Mohammed Shami (2-58) in consecutive deliveries, ensuring Australia were dismissed for 235.

After claiming his first Test half-century in Australia, Head was caught behind from a beautiful Shami ball and Hazlewood immediately followed in similar fashion as India wrapped up the innings.

The covers were back on just as India stepped out to begin their second dig and, once the weather cleared, the tourists made a slow and cautious start.

Negotiating the new ball, India only scored 11 runs from nine overs but the run rate soon rose as KL Rahul and Murali Vijay settled at the crease.

Australia did have some success thanks to Starc, who claimed the wicket of Vijay (18) for the second time in the match when the opener edged to Peter Handscomb in the cordon, India reduced to 63-1.

Either side of tea, Lyon twice thought he had Pujara, only to see decisions for caught behind and lbw overturned.

India's first successful review was followed by a needless dismissal in the next over as Rahul tried to loft Hazlewood over mid-off and instead edged through to Tim Paine.

Pujara and Kohli then regained the initiative for India with a third-wicket stand of 71, but that alliance was broken shortly before stumps when the captain was caught at short-leg off Lyon. Australia's off-spinner has now taken Kohli's wicket more than any other bowler in Tests.

 

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