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Cricket | International

Mitchell Starc © Action Images

Starc out of ODI squad with calf injury



Paceman Mitchell Starc has calf muscle soreness and has withdrawn from Australia's one-day squad ahead of this weekend's second match against Sri Lanka, Cricket Australia said on Saturday.

South Australian quick Kane Richardson has been called up as cover for Sunday's ODI against Sri Lanka at the Adelaide Oval, after Starc picked up the injury during Australia's 107-run series opening win in Melbourne on Friday.

The left-armer took 1-25 off six overs, but his status for the remainder of the five-match ODI series remains uncertain.

The Australians are already without several fast bowlers due to injury, including Ben Hilfenhaus and Pat Cummins, although James Pattinson and Josh Hazlewood have returned from being sidelined.

"Mitchell Starc had some mild right calf soreness after the match at the MCG," Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said in a statement on Saturday.

"Whilst we are not majorly concerned about it, we have withdrawn him from the game on Sunday as a precaution.

"He will be reassessed over the next few days and he is a possibility to play in next weekend's matches against Sri Lanka if his symptoms resolve."

Richardson, 21, has gained attention following several promising displays both with South Australia and the Adelaide Strikers in the Twenty20 Big Bash League.

"Kane has been called in as cover in the squad due to his impressive form in the limited overs formats this season," national selector John Inverarity said.

"This provides another great opportunity for a young player as we look to build towards (the) cricket World Cup in 2015."

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