Mitchell Starc Poised To Make A Comeback In The JLT Cup One-Day Cup
Australia’s Ashes preparation gained a significant boost after it was revealed that three of the top guys in the fast bowling department – Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins – are fit and ready for a comeback to live cricket.
The upcoming Ashes series, set to be hosted on Australian soil has received a lot of hype due to the ‘four pacemen’ idea. It is speculated that the Aussies, if the circumstances allow, may unleash an all-out offence on the English batting line-up in the form of a bowling attack comprising of Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and James Pattinson.
The likelihood of such a scene taking place was under doubts as all four men were struggling with injuries. However, now with three people fit barring Pattinson, Australian selectors would be mighty relieved, and this summer can probably witness a fast bowling delight.
Starc set to feature in JLT Cup
Mitchell Starc has confirmed his return to competitive cricket with his participation in the JLT One-Day Cup game between New South Wales and South Australia. This fixture will be his first since his appearance in the Champions Trophy in England. Later on, he also missed out on Australia’s Test tour to Bangladesh and was rested for the ongoing ODI and T20I tour of India.
“Barring any hiccups, I’ll be taking part in the JLT Cup and hopefully those couple of Shield games as well,” said Starc. “I think that’s a great lead-up for all the guys who are around the Test set-up, the guys who are looking to try and get in that team and some of us coming back from injury.
“It’s first-class cricket hopefully on some Test venues. It’s probably a better lead-in than most of the last few summers where we’ve had one Shield game, two at tops. The last few times I’ve been injured I’ve been rushed back too early for tournaments,” Starc added.
“The same thing happened in the Champions Trophy, so to have a nice even lead-in to this summer has been good. It has been a silver lining to spend a lot of time in the gym and not rush back into bowling and make sure I haven’t got any niggles leading into a very important summer.”
Others also on a positive track
Josh Hazlewood is also preparing to play domestic first-class cricket to get required match fitness before the all-important Ashes against England. Pat Cummins would also return for three Sheffield Shield matches in the run-up to the Ashes.
“Whether the fast bowlers play all three of those we’ll wait and see,” said Australian bowling coach David Saker. “Three Shield games to shape the Australian team – it’s going to be good for everybody.”
“Three of them we know are on track,” Saker said. “James Pattinson’s had a little setback but we’re not sure how bad at the moment. Josh Hazlewood is on track to play the first Test. Mitchell Starc’s going really well and Patty’s obviously flying.”
Cricket Australia will now be eagerly waiting for James Pattinson to recover from his back injury.
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