Australia’s premier pacer Mitchell Starc left the field due to an ankle injury in the inaugural day of the historic day-night Test match between Australia and New Zealand.

The left-hander pacer felt a recurrence of his chronic right ankle problem at the evening session in the historic Test match. Soon he left the field and later he left the ground for scans.

Before he left out the field, he was looking dangerous on the pitch with the new “Pink Ball”. He sent back Kane Williamson, Brendon McCullum and Mitchell Santner to the pavilion.

 

Starc was handed over the leading role for Australian pace attack, after Mitchell Johnson retirement at the end of the 2nd test in the ongoing Test series.

Former Australian Test captain Mark Taylor said on Starc’s injury at Channel Nine’s broadcast. “He’s not overly comfortable when that front foot plants down,” 

Taylor added, “It would not be easy for any fast bowler, particularly a big tall man like Mitchell Starc.

“The weight and force that goes through that front ankle, firstly when you bang it down to bowl and then when you actually try to get your balance in that second follow through step. Once again he bangs it down pretty hard.”