Australia’s leading fast bowler Mitchell Starc will undergo ankle surgery and unlikely to participate in the World T20 tournament to be held in India next year as Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Mitchell Starc who had problems with his right ankle in the Ashes series in England this year suffered a stress fracture on the same foot during the first ever day night test match against New Zealand late this month.
“After discussions with specialists, and in consultation with Mitchell, we believe the best course of action would be for Mitchell to have the surgery for his ankle impingement now while he is currently laid off with the stress fracture in his foot,” CA physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.
“His return to play time frames will be clearer once the surgery is complete but it is unlikely that he will be available for the ICC World T20.”
Mitchell Starc the leader of fast bowling attack has been go to bowler for the Australian team. He was the leading wicket taker in the World Cup 2015. He has taken 91 wickets in 25 matches at 30.58.
He bowled the fastest recorded test delivery of 160.4 per hour(99. 7 mph) during the second drawn test at Perth.
Mitchell Starc absence will be a big blow for the Australian team if he does not take part in the tournament. The date for surgery is not yet confirmed.
Mitchell Starc will also miss remainder of the Australian season which includes 3 test matches against West Indies and 5 One day Internationals against the same team. He will also miss the 5 One day Internationals against India and 3 T20 against India.