Australia’s premier fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been nursing a leg injury for the last five months which he sustained 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 in that Test match. He also couldn’t play the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 after getting picked by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the auctions.
Subsequently, Starc 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 lanky pacer 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.
As quoted in cricket.com.au, Starc said, “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.”
Updating about his injury, Mitchell 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 percent 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.
Starc added, “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.”