Michael Clarke said he did not “get it”, Mark Waugh, Merv Hughes and Tom Moody took to Twitter to try and get the inside word, but Daniel Vettori has confirmed Mitchell Starc was dropped.
Or, in more polite terms, it was a “tactical decision”.
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Starc’s absence from Australia’s XI set the cat amongst the pigeons on Friday night as the left-arm quick was a shock omission for their final Group 1 T20 World Cup match against Afghanistan.
While Australia needed to win — and did — keep their World Cup defence alive, they also needed to smash their opponents to put the pressure right back on their Group 1 rivals England, who they were equal on points with before their respective final match but trailed on Net Run-Rate. But their four run win meant they barely improved on their NRR and consequently, England only need to beat Sri Lanka on Saturday to…