Mitchell Starc raring to make international comeback

Mitchell Starc raring to make international comeback

Starc sounded pretty confident about his recovery from the injury.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc was earlier ruled out of action for five months owing to the leg injury he developed prior to the fourth and final Test of Australia’s tour of South Africa in Johannesburg earlier this year. The speedster was replaced by Chad Sayers, who made his debut. He also couldn’t play the Indian Premier League after getting picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the auctions.

Subsequently, he also missed the ODIs and T20Is in England. Australia’s next assignment will be their two-match Test series against Pakistan in October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The New South Wales-born cricketer is raring to make his international comeback. In a bid to stake his claim into the national team, he has also started honing his skills with the players of his domestic team.

The body feels good

“It’s only about the fourth bowl I’ve had to batsmen, so it’s a bit different out in the middle than in the nets. (I’m) trying to make a few changes to the action and the run-up, trying to find some rhythm through there and have a nice hit out, out in the middle with the Blues boys,” Starc was quoted as saying in cricket.com.au.

Updating about his injury, Starc sounded pretty confident about his recovery and said, “The body feels good. I think the plan is to bowl off my full run at about 85 per cent intensity. It’s been a quick progression but a bit of a different rehab in terms of my tibia and not my foot or my ankle this time.”

Australia ‘A’ are scheduled to play a quadrangular series and couple of four-day matches in India. Justin Langer, the national coach mentioned that the series’ will be crucial for selection in the Pakistan series. Starc also wished the players for putting up a resounding show in the matches.

“There’s an Australia A tour over there where the guys are getting some time in the subcontinent. The guys in Australia are spending some time, like us, out in the middle today (Tuesday). The prep is going really well for everyone looking to put their hand up for that tour,” he added.

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