The left-arm spearhead from Australia, Mitchell Starc is set to make his return into competitive cricket as he came out from long lay off and prepares to play for New South Wales in the on-going JLT One-Day cup.
Starc has sidelined with foot injuries and spent lot of time on that over the last 12 months. He returned home as he suffers foot injury during the test tour of India in March earlier this year, was placed on expedited recovery programme and assured his availability for the Champions Trophy in England in June. But his foot healing was aggravated and he was sidelined once again.
With that long time taking injury, Starc missed two match test series against Bangladesh and also missed the on-going limited overs tour of India as well.
In a bid to get the left-arm quick completely ready for the much-anticipated Ashes series beginning late in November, Starc was ruled out of the entire India tour. Now, it looks as though he has sufficiently recovered from his foot injury and is ready to bowl again.
“They’ve got Root and Cook up the top who’ve played a lot of cricket and probably their main guys with the bat, the guys in the top order around them are pretty inexperienced and hopefully we can exploit that in our conditions and if we can, really get on top of them in the first Test like Mitch did a couple of years ago,” Starc commented on England’s top order in tests.
While talking about the pace bowling unit of Australia, Starc said, “This time we’ve got a few guys who can bowl pretty quick and bowl some good bouncers, and we’ve got a really solid attack who complement each other. If it’s not me, you’ve got Pat Cummins bowling fast bouncers, you’ve got Josh Hazlewood bowling consistent line and length, so much like that attack did when Jono took all those wickets, I think we complement each other really well. You throw in Jackson Bird, [Nathan] Coulter-Nile’s bowling well as well, so five really good guys there, Patto if he’s fit to go.”
New South Wales has one win and one loss each at the moment in the JLT Cup and they will welcome their lead pacer with out any doubt. The champions of last two years in a row, NSW playing their next game against South Australia on coming Friday and Starc will be the center of attraction if he makes his come back in that game.