The man, who bowled the fastest ball in the Test cricket, is currently facing an uncertain future in his cricket life.
Australia’s current premier pacer, Mitchell Starc revealed that he didn’t know when he would be fit and able to play for the country. The left-arm pacer heard a crack in his right knee at the 1st innings of the historic inaugural day-night Test match against New Zealand at Adelaide. Before that injury, he bowled nine overs in that innings. He didn’t bowl in the 2nd innings, but he batted in both of the innings with his injured leg and helped Australia to win this Test match.
Starc said on Monday before returning home after their historical win in the day-night Test match, “It’s about recovery now and healing and getting back on the horse and I guess working back on my bowling and hopefully being back sooner rather later.”
When he was asked about his returning time; he told, “I honestly don’t know.”
He added, “Once I get home I can talk to the medical staff a bit more and map it out and see what it looks like, but at the moment it’s trying to let the bone heal for now.”
At present, Starc is wearing a protective boot for healing his injured foot and said it could be up to four weeks before he knows when he can bowl again.
Starc informed, “I’ll be in this (protective) boot for another three to four weeks depending on how it’s going and then reassess it. There’s no point putting a time on it yet until the bone heals.”
But he revealed to his fans, “Is not something that will rule me out of the entire summer season”.
Starc is continuously falling in trouble into his right ankle since the Ashes series in England this year though he said that he didn’t feel many problems before this injury.
Starc said, “Obviously, my ankle has been a bit of an issue in the last six to nine months and it’s actual been going OK, so it’s frustrating that the foot injury has come up and I felt it crack that last ball.”
“It is something we’ve been managing for a while and I had a couple more cortisone (injections) after the Perth Test so it’s actually something that has been managed quite well.”
In the past, many top-class bowler’s career ended due to knee injuries. Before the beginning of this year’s Ashes, another Australian pacer Ryan Harris called up his career due to the knee injury. Hope Starc will get well soon and make a comeback in cricket with own style.
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