Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc was out on Friday for the remaining two Tests against India because of a stress fracture in his right foot, which dealing a major blow to the team’s chances.
Starc is the No.1 fast bowler in the world and reports on Friday that he has been ruled out for the upcoming Tests that will begin on 16th March in Ranchi.
Starc was very helpful in the opening two Tests with his bat and ball, who picked five wickets and scoring an important half-century on a top Turner in Pune.
Australian team physiotherapist David Beakley said that “Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped.”
“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture. Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation,” added Beakley.
Starc is another player who added to the injury list after Mitchell Marsh was out of the series with a shoulder injury. His replacement has not been named until though Jackson Bird is a reserve in the Australian squad.
Cricket Australia (CA) National Selector Trevor Hohns said “It’s unfortunate to lose Mitch out of the squad in India. In selecting Pat, we were looking for a strike-bowling replacement option.”
“Pat has impressed in his return to cricket this summer with consistent performances in his ODI, Twenty20 International and Big Bash matches.”
“He has also had a very good Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales, after six years off, where he made a notable Shield best 4-57 in the first innings, before bettering those figures in the second innings with 4-47 in his man-of-the-match performance,” he added.