Mitchell Starc was recently seen playing NSW’s intra-squad one-day match in Blacktown. His on-field return showed that the pacer is getting ready for coming back to top-level action soon. While playing at the one-day game, he bowled six overs and gave 38 runs for no wicket. This will help him prepare for a series against the Pakistani side in UAE if he gets selected for the Aussie squad.
The celebrated left-arm pacer is suffered bone stress reaction in his right leg. Owing to his injury, he could not attend the fourth test in South Africa and missed the subsequent Indian Premier League stint along with Australia’s Qantas tour of England. After sitting out for recovery and rehabilitation, he has faced some struggles to come back on the field. The Blacktown match was the first he played after the infamous Cape Town incident. The 28-year-old said on Tuesday, “It’s only about the fourth bowl I’ve had to batsmen, so it’s a bit different out in the middle than in the nets.”
He added, “(I’m) trying to make a few changes to the action and the run-up, trying to find some rhythm through there and have a nice hit out in the middle with the Blues boys.”
He will be playing another trial match for the NSW. The Blues will then travel north to Brisbane to attend a pre-season camp. The team will be playing against Queensland and then the National Performance Squad.
The series in UAE with Pakistan will be played with a white ball. Meanwhile, some test aspirants are gearing up in India as Australia A is competing in two four-day matches. The captain of the A squad is Mitchell Marsh who will be leading the batting unit from the front. There are no other top-rated international players in the side. The bowling squad, especially, is full of fast bowlers and spinners, most of them uncapped. Their performance and the state of Starc’s injury will result in his selection in the test squad.
The Aussie cricket board will be announcing the test squad against Pakistan after the two-match series of the A team finishes. Starc said, “There’s an Australia A tour over there where the guys are getting some time in the subcontinent. The guys in Australia are spending some time, like us, out in the middle today (Tuesday). The prep is going really well for everyone looking to put their hand up for that tour.”
The fastest bowler in the Australian squad, Starc will also have to keep an eye on quick recovery as Ashes series against England is only a year away. Moreover, England will also be hosting the World Cup next year, which would demand his presence in the Australian side.
The Ashes series is a very important target for the Australian team as they hadn’t won a series in England since 2001 when Starch was barely 11 years old. The bowler has been on the Ashes squad in 2013 as well as 2015 and has toured England several times while playing county cricket for Yorkshire.