Injury-Marred Mitchell Starc Faces New Zealand XI on His Return

Injury-Marred Mitchell Starc Faces New Zealand XI on His Return

Mitchell Starc, New Zealand XI
Starc bags two in the ongoing match against New Zealand XI. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The World Cup-bound Australian speedster Mitchell Starc has made a solid return against New Zealand XI. Well, after a prolonged gap of three months due to a muscle tear. Evidently, Starc beamed a smile to bowl at the full throttle.

The speedster has made a return in the second practice game on Wednesday (May 8) against New Zealand XI at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane.

Earlier, the left-arm paceman has torn his muscle which pushed him off the cricketing arena for over 90 days. So far, Starc has bowled five overs to bag two scalps as Kiwis second-string are chasing the target of 278.

Steven Smith, who made a return after the 12-month ban (ball-tampering sage) alongside David Warner made 89, whereas, Warner returned on nought.

Starc is eager to find his full rhythm as the ICC World Cup is little less of a month away to kick-off on May 30 in London.

Mitchell Starc has a major role to play at the World Cup:

Mitchell Starc, ICC World Cup 2019
Of late, paceman has looked off-colour Credits – Getty

Following the three-month layoff, Starc expressed happiness to roll over his arm. He is further optimistic about the twelfth edition of the World Cup in the United Kingdom.

Earlier, Kangaroos head coach Justin Langer maintained that the rotation of the squad would help reigning champions’ case ahead of the multi-nation tourney.

Thus, another exciting paceman Pat Cummins was rested. However, Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Lyon were introduced in a game as Kiwis youngsters opted to bowl first following the mutual agreement between the two captains. So, this was the main reason that coin toss didn’t take place in Brisbane.

Also, Shaun Marsh and Alex Carey are the part of the playing XI. Besides, Sean Abbott and Michael Nesar have bolstered the pace battery.

Earlier, Australia has won the first warm-up game by one wicket. Brisbane will also host the third and final warm-up game in Brisbane.

Meanwhile, Australia will begin their World Cup campaign at the Bristol Cricket Ground against Afghanistan on June 1st. Aaron Finch will lead the current ODI World Cup champions.

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor