In what can be termed as disastrous news for Australia, ace pacer Mitchell Starc is set to be ruled out of the upcoming ICC World T20 in India. Starc has been the backbone of the Aussie bowling for quite some time now, and his injury will simply be a massive blow to the planning of the Kangaroos. The effect of Mitchell Johnson’s retirement too just aggravates the matter further for the Australians.
With 26 wickets in 20 T20I appearances, Starc has been exceptional for Australia and his bowling mainly at the death will be missed. Starc confirmed that he was unlikely to be fit in time for the T20 World Cup. “I don’t want to rush it,” Starc said. “I want to make sure it’s 100 per cent because I’ve rushed back before and been dropped after a game. So I’ll make sure it’s 100 per cent before I play my first game. I’ve played non-stop for nearly two years, so the silver lining is that I get to give the body a bit of a break and get back and rebuild that strength and make sure everything is 100 per cent before I go again.”
“It’s disappointing I’ve missed half the summer and the likelihood of a T20 World Cup but the silver lining is that I’ve got everything right and I don’t have to play through that ankle injury any more. I don’t think you can ever say you’ve cemented a spot 100 per cent, so I assume I’m going to have to work my butt off when I’m back to bowling to try and get my spot back, Starc added.
“The ankle is going really well and movement in it is really good at the moment. Hopefully I can get this orthopaedic boot off in the next couple of days and start doing more than just sitting on the couch,” summed up Starc about his condition.