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IPL 2019: KKR releases Mitchell Starc; his participation uncertain for the season

The bowler recently played in the ODI series against the Proteas.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc (Photo by Grant Pitcher/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has been an exceptional prospect with the leather, but the fact that he has also been injury-prone can’t be denied by any stretch of the imagination. Last year, the New South Wales-born cricketer was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping INR 9.4 crores to play in the tenth edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

However, the left-armer suffered from a tibial bone stress fracture prior to the T20 league and was subsequently ruled out. The 28-year-old also couldn’t play Australia’s final Test against South Africa back in March. Recently, it has now been learned that Starc has been released from the franchise and has become uncertain as per reports in www.cricket.com.au.

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I’ve felt pretty good with my body

He was also rested for Australia’s T20I series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the reason that he was dealt with another hamstring niggle during the second Test in Abu Dhabi in the two-match series against Sarfraz Ahmed’s men, which the visitors lost 1-0.

The pacer reckons that missing out on the IPL can be a blessing in disguise for the reason that it would keep him afresh for the World Cup in England and Wales that is scheduled to take place from May 30.

“I guess barring a little niggle in my hammy I’ve felt pretty good with my body and my strength and the rest of it. That little period of time has really paid off for the body. If I don’t play the IPL next year it’s a good opportunity to freshen up for a massive six months of cricket in the UK,” Starc mentioned.

Starc lately played the three-match ODI series against South Africa and finished with four wickets. The Aussies would undoubtedly want their premier fast bowler to stay fit as they are the World Champions and a lot would be expected of the team.

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