Starc ready to play after long break

Mitchell Starc, who last played for Australia in the ICC Champions Trophy in England is set to return after taking a long break due to injuries.

Starc will play in the JLT One-Day Cup game between New South Wales and South Australia and with that he will gear himself up for International cricket. 

Starc set to return

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Starc missed the two match test series against Bangladesh and the five match ODI series against India. He will also miss the T20I series against India starting from 7th October.

He has recovered from the foot injury and said he is ready to bowl: “Barring any hiccups, I’ll be taking part in the JLT Cup and hopefully those first couple of Shield games as well,” said Starc. “I think that’s a great lead-up for all the guys who are around the Test set-up, the guys who are looking to try and get in that team and some of us coming back from injury.” 

He added: “It’s first-class cricket hopefully on some Test venues. It’s probably a better lead-in than most of the last few summers where we’ve had one Shield game, two at tops. The last few times I’ve been injured I’ve been rushed back too early for tournaments.”

The same thing happened in the Champions Trophy, so to have a nice even lead-in to this summer has been good. It has been a silver lining to spend a lot of time in the gym and not rush back into bowling and make sure I haven’t got any niggles leading into a very important summer,” Starc concluded.

 It is no need to mention how badly Australia struggled in absence of the left arm pacer. They only managed to drew 1-1 against Bangladesh and won only 1 ODI against India in the 5 match series.