Sydney - Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell
Starc was on Wednesday included in Australia's one-day international tri-series
squad to face the West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean in June, while
bit-hitting Travis Head also earned a call-up.
Starc, 26, has been out of action since
fracturing his foot in last November's historic day-night Test in Adelaide
against New Zealand and undergoing ankle surgery.
But he has now regained fitness and leads
an impressive pace attack which also features Josh Hazlewood, Nathan
Coulter-Nile and John Hastings.
"Mitchell has progressed very well in
his rehab and the medical staff are confident he will be fit to play in this
series," chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said.
"It is extremely pleasing to have a
bowler of his calibre back in the side."
Test off-spinner Nathan Lyon, overlooked
for the World T20, has been given another chance to shine in the limited-overs
format after being included alongside leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Lyon is no stranger to conditions in the
West Indies, having played five Tests and taken 23 wickets in the Caribbean
where spin bowling is expected to be a major factor.
"Nathan has bowled very well in the
West Indies in the past and we are predicting we will see some slow turning
pitches," Marsh said.
"Adam has impressed us in India during
the World T20 and has bowled consistently well, and with confidence, when given
The biggest surprise was the inclusion of
Head in place of Shaun Marsh who was not considered because of the impending
birth of his first child.
It is a first ODI call-up for the
22-year-old South Australian left-handed batsman who has been impressive in the
domestic Big Bash League and was recently named Sheffield Shield player of the
"He is an exciting young batsman with
a bright future and if he gets his opportunity I have no doubt he will make the
most of it," said Marsh.
Australia begin the tri-series in Guyana on
June 6 against South Africa before facing the hosts four days later at the same
The round-robin tournament sees teams play
three matches against each opponent, with the top two advancing to the final on
June 26 in Barbados.Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa