Australia have been massively jolted ahead of their home test series against West Indies, and the all important limited overs series against India. Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead has been ruled out of action for a couple of months, as he suffers from a stress fracture in his right foot.

“He’s got a crack on the top of his foot,” confirmed Australia’s bowling coach Craig McDermott. “He’s had a heel impingement which may have affected that, who knows, trying to compensate for landing on his heel he may have put more pressure on the front of his foot and that’s eventuated in a crack.”

McDermott confirmed that Starc would be out of competitive cricket for atleast 3 weeks, and from then he would begin his rehabilitation process. “The good news for us is it’s not going to be as long as we thought, so he’s going to be out for three weeks and then we can work on him from there. Hopefully we can get him up for the New Zealand series and the World Twenty20 where he’s ranked No. 1 in the world.” “All the way through England and the one-day series he’s had his heel impingement. In the last 12 months he’s done an unbelievable job.”

Speaking about the likely replacements for Starc, McDermott said, “James Pattinson went back to Perth and he gets to bowl tomorrow, the Vics are batting today, he was pretty close to playing here, so with him back we’ve got our three quicks and Mitchell Marsh.” “After that we’ve got Nathan Coulter-Nile, if he can keep his tongue wired it would be great, and then we can get him involved if he bowls well enough as well.”

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