Starc to undergo scan on hamstring after Gabba Test pain
Australia pacer Mitchell Starc’s possible return to action with the Sydney Sixers is under cloud, as he will have to undergo scans on his hamstring first following the injury scare during the just concluded fourth Test against India in Brisbane.
The majority of Australia Test players flew to Melbourne on Wednesday (January 20) to join their Big Bash League (BBL) teams. However, Starc had to return to Sydney for scans.
The left-arm fireband looked to be struggling with his hamstring during India’s successful chase of 328 runs on the last two days of Gabba Test, which eventually ended in India sealing the match by three wickets to register a 2-1 series win.
Overall Mitch had a pretty ordinary Test series against India with the ball, as he picked up just 11 wickets at 40.72 across eight innings of bowling, with his best figures being 4 for 53 in the first innings of Adelaide Test.
Starc’s numbers in the ODIs and T20I against India also don’t look much bright, as he managed one wicket giving away 147 runs in two Sydney ODIs while took two for 34 in the sole T20I he played in Canberra.
One bit of good news for Australia, though, is that that rest of the Australia squad has been given green signal on their health and fitness, with only Will Pucovski left to be recovering from his shoulder injury, which had ruled him out of the Brisbane Test after an excellent debut in Sydney.
Australia’s next international assignment is a Test series in South Africa, which is around a month away. But the future of the tour is still uncertain due to COVID-19 issues.