Just like many fast bowlers from the past, left arm quick Mitchell Starc’s career has been plagued by injuries. His injury list is soul destroying. Starc made his debut in 2010 against India and soon established himself as Australia’s leading fast bowler, successfully taking over the bowling spearhead’s mantle from Mitchell Johnson.
However, his career, as we all know, hasn’t been as smooth as it seems. Since the start of 2013, injuries began to ominously creep into his promising career. He has been in and out of the side battling injury concern. It has been a serious cause of worry for Cricket Australia. Measures to ease the workload off his shoulder has been continuously taken but unfortunately, nothing seems to be working.
When the news of his ouster from the Test squad due to a stress fracture arrived, the image of a bruised body battling to remain fit passed by thoughts of the cricket fans. Sportzwiki takes a glance at the list of injuries that has made life miserable to the tall quick.
The dreaded saga of injuries began in January 2013 with calf muscle soreness and was withdrawn from Australia’s one-day squad ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka during the home series. He had featured in only one game prior to the forced omission.
A month after recovering from the calf soreness, Starc was affected by bone spurs in his right ankle during the away tour to India in March 2013; a gut-wrenching problem that would trouble in the upcoming years. The bone spur, which was a bother for the Australian think tank, for a quite a few months before the particular series required him to fly back home and undergo surgery. He was out for two months.
His next injury cost him a place in the 2013/14 Ashes squad. After dealing with problems in his leg a couple of times, a stress fracture in the lower back emerged in September 2013. The official statement which the medical officer read rest for a ‘prolonged period.’ He needed four months rest this time.
As reported, Starc was on the sidelines for a considerable amount time but was quick enough to recover before the 2015 Cricket World Cup on his home soil. He played the lead role in helping Australia win the coveted trophy for the 5th time in its history. He had a magnificent run throughout and finished as the top wicket-taker in the World Cup with 22 wickets at an average of 10. However, his strong resurgence was cut short after he suffered a knee injury that ruled him out of the start of the IPL 2015 in April.
In July 2015, Ankle problems resurfaced again but the left armer braved through the pain to take part in the Ashes contest in began from July 2015. He played in the Tests as well as the ODI series taking painkillers.
He yet again suffered a stress fracture in November 2015. The historic Day-Night game against New Zealand at Adelaide turned into a nightmare undergo the knife on his right ankle and stay away for six months. This meant Australia had to play without him in the limited-overs home series against India in January and the World T20 2016.
While stress related injury maintains a presence in his career, luck also decided to play with his when he was required to undergo surgery due to a freak mishap caused a deep shin laceration September 2016 during the practice session ahead of South Africa tour. The recovery took him one month of time.
Since becoming fit, Starc maintained good fitness until the latest injury concern arose in the ongoing tour of India.