Former World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke has led the chorus of surprise coming from Adelaide after Mitchell Starc was sensationally left out of Australia’s final group match of their T20 World Cup defence.
Level with England on five points, Australia needs at minimum to beat Afghanistan to qualify for the semi-finals.
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But even a win might not be enough, with England (+0.547) well ahead of Australia (-0.304).
Should both nations win, Australia would have to hammer Afghanistan and hope England only scrape past Sri Lanka on Saturday.
It is why Starc’s axing, which has yet to be confirmed by Cricket Australia, for local boy Kane Richardson has caught many by surprise because the veteran quick’s record is incredible with the white ball.
Starc has taken the most wickets (27) in T20 World Cup history for Australia, while…