T20 World Cup 2021: Mitchell Starc spotted limping off the field, doubtful for Sri Lanka clash

T20 World Cup 2021: Mitchell Starc spotted limping off the field, doubtful for Sri Lanka clash

Starc has missed out on many major series and tournaments due to injury issues.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Australia have faced an injury scare ahead of the clash against Sri Lanka as fast bowler Mitchell Starc was seen limping off the field during his side’s practice session on Wednesday (October 27). Arguably the finest left-arm pacer going around, Starc has been a vital part of the Australian team across formats since a while. His records in white-ball cricket are also spectacular. Hence, Australia wouldn’t want to miss out on his services.

Starc featured in Australia’s opening game against South Africa on Saturday (October 23). Although Australia won that contest by five wickets, the star left-arm speedster wasn’t at his Lethal best. He did take two wickets but gave away 32 runs in his quota of four overs.  He was taken to cleaners in the latter half of the innings.

Mitchell Starc’s participation under dark clouds

While he would have hoped to put up a better show against the Lankan Lions, dark clouds are now looming over his participation. As per an article in the New Indian Express, the pacer has sustained a leg injury. Subsequently, he was spotted limping off the field during the training session held at the ICC Academy on Tuesday night in Dubai, UAE.

Notably, the veteran speedster had taken a nearly six-month break from cricket and hardly had any match practice before landing in UAE for the ICC T20 World Cup. He trained with the Australian women’s team in Queensland, along with his partner Alyssa Healy. Also, one must not forget that the pacer is prone to injuries.

Over the years, Starc has missed out on many major series and tournaments due to injury issues. He even didn’t feature in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup. As his absence has hurt the Aussies in the past, the team management would want Starc to get match fit as soon as possible. Meanwhile, the Aussies will meet Sri Lanka on Thursday (October 28) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

Australia would step into the game on the back of a five-wicket win against South Africa. Although Sri Lanka also won their previous game against Bangladesh, they aren’t likely to take down the Aussies. Having said that, the Aaron Finch-led side shouldn’t put a foot wrong.

Check the latest updates of the T20 World Cup schedule, T20 World cup Teams and Squads, T20 World Cup Points table, and more on CricTracker.