Australia’s hopes of bouncing back from the 75-run defeat in Bengaluru has received a huge setback as their pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the last two Tests due to a fractured foot. The injury blow is a second one for the visitors with Mitchell Marsh (on March 9) also being ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a shoulder injury.

Starc’s absence is undoubtedly a big loss for the visitors. The left-arm pacer was crucial for his team in the first two Tests. After playing an important knock of 61 in the first innings of the Pune Test that helped Australia take command of the match, the fast-bowler took prized scalps of Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive deliveries to put the visitors in driver’s seat. He made a big impact in Bengaluru too by dismissing Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair in consecutive deliveries during the second innings. The 27-year-old has 118 in the series so far in addition to his five wickets.

And as expected, the news has created quite a buzz on the social media. Here are some of the best reactions: