Australia in India 2016-17 March 10, 2017

Injured Starc ruled out of Test series

ESPNcricinfo staff

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The injuries that have plagued Starc

Australia's hopes of retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy have been dealt a major blow, with fast bowler Mitchell Starc flying home due to a stress fracture in his right foot.

Starc suffered the problem during Australia's loss in the second Test in Bengaluru and after the pain failed to disappear in the days following the match, he was sent for scans on Friday, which revealed the fracture.

"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," team physiotherapist David Beakley said.

"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 tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation."

Australia's selectors are yet to name a replacement player for Starc, but as the backup fast bowler in the squad, Jackson Bird looms as the most likely inclusion for the third Test, which begins in Ranchi next Thursday.

Starc will be the second player to fly home in the wake of the Bengaluru Test, after allrounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a shoulder injury. Seam-bowling allrounder Marcus Stoinis will join the squad as a replacement for Marsh.

Although spinners have been more successful than fast men so far in this series, Starc picked up important wickets in both Pune and Bengaluru. He also showed his value in Asian conditions on last year's tour of Sri Lanka, when he claimed a remarkable tally of 24 wickets at 15.16 from three Tests.

Australia's selectors have plenty of options to replace Starc, including the leading Sheffield Shield wicket-taker of the summer, Chadd Sayers, the in-form Western Australia left-armer Jason Behrendorff, and Pat Cummins, who this week took eight wickets in his first Shield match for nearly six years.

It is expected that Starc will be available for the Champions Trophy later this year.

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  • Shantanu on March 13, 2017, 14:51 GMT

    God send. Indians can breathe slightly easy. The replacements are right armers so there is lesser variety in aussie attack.

  • vinay on March 13, 2017, 14:29 GMT

    it is very true sanj747. only indians think about individual records. not AUS. their culture is to focus

  • vinay on March 13, 2017, 14:04 GMT

    it is rather the other way. current Indian team is capable of beating any AUS lineup. whatever pitches are there, one has to stand, rotate the strike and make runs. it is pity that all talk about pitch

  • vinay on March 13, 2017, 12:54 GMT

    CRICKET matches every one enjoy irrespective of country of birth, heritage, residence. all have their own interests in supporting players. we can't force anyone to support one particular team. game is important. all other things are rubbish.

  •   Abhishek Shrivastav on March 13, 2017, 11:18 GMT

    Overseas players can't survive here now you can understand why Indian bowler better in Asian conditions hatts off to all Asian bowler

  • Ashok on March 12, 2017, 17:32 GMT

    I had commented before the series started that the Australian fast bowlers are all prone to stress fracture. On Indian hard grounds, their susceptibility to such injuries are magnified. Hence I am least surprised this happened. In fact had Starc bowler longer spells in the First test (the 2 pace bowlers bowled 23 overs between them), he might have the stress fractures after the First Test. The real issue is that the Aussies cannot bank on Starc's pace as the potent weapon now! This is good for the younger bats like Mukund, Rahul, Nair + lower Indian batting order too. Look out for a better Indian opening stand in the next 2 Tests.

  • Mrcriccanada on March 12, 2017, 14:38 GMT

    @RK_KS ON MARCH 12, 2017, 0:13 GMT Kohli was pioneer. He invented" Decision Review on Screen" first.

  • thiru on March 12, 2017, 14:38 GMT

    Aussies joking about "India being let off" after Starc injury dont know that they have been lucky to score 200 + because our best reverse swing bowler, Shami was not injured.

    So its the Aussies, who are lucky not to face Shami in such abrasive pitches supporting reverse swing.

    Starc was not at all a big threat for India. If Indian batsman put their heads to the game, we can score 300 + every time from here on, with or without Starc.

  • Orang on March 12, 2017, 12:12 GMT

    The mighty Mitchell Starc is chickening out and running home to Healy, the bigger they are the harder they fall !!

  • ruchit on March 12, 2017, 6:57 GMT

    @ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4_IS_DELUDED: If an Indian wants to support India he can ..if he doesn't want to support he is equally entitled to do so.. What part of that don't you understand ?

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