Mitchell Starc Not Sure Of His Fitness Ahead OF The Indore Test
By CricShots - Feb 27, 2023 3:31 pm
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Australia’s premier pacer, Mitchell Starc will most likely be coming in place of captain Pat Cummins in the third Test of the four-match series against India in Indore starting on March 1. The southpaw fast bowler will probably be named the sole specialist fast bowler alongside allrounder Cameron Green (if he plays) with both recovering from finger injuries. He revealed that his bowling arm’s middle finger will remain in a splint for at least two more weeks which will cause him discomfort while bowling.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc

Talking about the same, as per the quotes in Fox Sports, Mitchell Starc said, “I don’t think it’s going to be 100 percent for a fair while but certainly good enough – the ball is coming out quite nicely and I feel pretty much at full tilt. It wouldn’t be the first Test match I’ve played in some sort of discomfort. If I only played when I was 100 percent, I probably only would’ve played in five or ten Tests.”

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Despite him not being at his 100 percent, the Aussie quick said he had no concerns to lead the fast-bowling attack in Pat Cummin’s absence who’s gone back to Australia to be alongside his ailing mother.

Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc

Explaining the same, Mitchell Starc said, “Workload wise, body wise, there’s no concern at all … I’m completely comfortable with where my numbers are and where my body is at. You’ve got to be prepared to bowl at any point, whether that be looking like shorter spells but also working with the guy at the other end. (Another focus) is the footmarks that I can produce as well … I certainly produce more than the Indian guys, being heavier at the crease.”

Mitchell Starc further commented on Steve Smith leading the Australian team in the third Test saying that the squad has found it easy to transition again to play under his captaincy.

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Elaborating the same, Mitchell Starc said, “He’s done it for a long time, I’ve played a lot of cricket with Steve as captain as well, so personally it’s been pretty easy. The couple of Tests he had to do in Adelaide (filling in for Cummins in 2021 and 2022) were really successful for the group, so hopefully, it’s another great week for our team.”