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Australia v India: Mitchell Starc withdraws from T20 series after family illness

Mitchell Starc will miss the rest of the Twenty20 series against India after leaving the Australian bubble to deal with a family illness.

Cricket Australia confirmed on Sunday morning that the paceman would sit out the two remaining T20s at the SCG - the first on Sunday evening and the second on Tuesday.

Australian Test players begin arriving in Adelaide from as soon as Wednesday, although a later group won’t head there for the first Test until early next week.

“There is nothing in the world more important than family and in this case Mitch is no exception,” coach Justin Langer said.

“We will give Mitch all the time he needs and welcome him back into the squad with open arms whenever he feels the time is right for him and his family.”

Starc missed the final ODI in Canberra on Wednesday with rib soreness, but returned to play in the opening T20 loss on Friday night.

Selectors have already taken Cameron Green out of the T20 squad to play in an Australia A game, while Marcus Stoinis is injured and Pat Cummins rested.

Nathan Lyon has since been added to the T20 fold, along with Mitch Swepson.

Starc’s departure could leave the door open for Daniel Sams to make his international debut on Sunday night, with Andrew Tye the other pace option.

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