James Pattinson's ban opens the door to Mitchell Starc to play in the Australia vs Pakistan 1st Test at Brisbane starting on Thursday.
Australia vs Pakistan: Ricky Ponting feels that the Australia team management may be leaning towards selecting James Pattinson over Mitchell Starc for the Brisbane Test against Pakistan.
Mitchell Starc managed to get a delivery to hit the bat, both pads and then the stumps as he claimed a wicket in a Sheffield Shield match.
Mitchell Starc has reportedly been allowed to leave the Australia camp to attend his brother Brandon Starc's wedding.
Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc are in the six-man group who will command a 125,000 pounds reserve price.
Marnus Labuschagne has retained his place with Usman Khawaja being dropped to make way for Steve Smith's return.
Josh Hazlewood has seen off competition from Mitchell Starc, who was also included in a 12-man squad of Australia for the 2nd Ashes Test.
James Pattinson has been left out while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood are in contention for a place in the starting line-up.
Justin Langer revealed that "seasoned pro" Usman Khawaja is set to bat at No.3 in the Ashes opener after he passed the fitness test.
Mitchell Starc became the leading wicket-taker in a single edition of a World Cup as he goes past Glenn McGrath's 26 wickets.
Australia beat England by 64 runs in a league match and finished above England in the World Cup 2019 Points Table.
South Africa, semi-finalists of the 2015 World Cup, have not been able to live up to expectations and are currently eighth on the points table, only above the West Indies and Afghanistan.
The defending champions will look to finish at the top of the points table while South Africa will be looking to end their campaign on a high.
Australia had already booked their place in the last four ahead of an 86-run thrashing of New Zealand.
New Zealand still have not confirmed their place in the semi-finals with one match to go.
Mitchell Starc revealed a breakfast confrontation with a bantering fan inspired his ferocious spell at Lord's.
Australia eventually dismissed Sri Lanka for 247 thanks in large part to Mitchell Starc's 4/55 from 10 overs.
Pakistan's innings ended at 266 in 45.4 overs overs but not before the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare.