Mitchell Starc and wife Alyssa Healy
Mitchell Starc and wife Alyssa Healy

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc will miss the final ODI against South Africa to watch his wife Alyssa Healey play against India in the final of ICC Women's T20 World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday, March 8 which is also Women's Day.

A crowd of over 80,000 people is expected to watch the finals between India and Australia at the MCG.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance for Mitch to watch Alyssa in a home World Cup final and so we were happy to allow him to return home to support his wife and be part of a fantastic occasion," quoted Australia coach Justin Langer as saying.

"It is something we have been talking about for a while and, given Mitch has had a considerable workload in all three formats this summer, his heading home a couple of days ahead of the rest of the squad means he will have a chance to refresh ahead of our home and away one-day internationals and Twenty20 internationals against New Zealand that will wrap up our season," he added.

Australia are 0-2 down in the three-match series, and in the absence of Starc, one of Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson could earn a spot in the XI.

"We have plenty of fast bowling options with us here in South Africa with Josh Hazlewood, Jhye Richardson and Kane Richardson all sitting out our previous match in Bloemfontein, and Mitch's absence will offer one of them an opportunity to impress in Saturday's match," Langer said.

Wicketkeeper-batter Healy will be a part of Australia's team which will take on an in-form Indian side at the MCG. The four-time champion home team would be aiming to defend the title against the first-time finalists.

(With inputs from agencies)

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