Australia’s pace ace Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the Bordar-Gavaskar Test series with a stress fracture in his right foot and will fly home in the upcoming days.
Starc experienced persistent pain in his foot during the second Test in Bangalore, which India managed to win by 75 runs, and was sent for scans on Friday, which diagnosed 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.”
Cricket Australia is yet to name a replacement for injured Starc. But Jackson Bird, who is in the squad as the back-up fast bowler, is likely to earn a place in the third Test in Ranchi, which begins Tuesday (March 14).
“At this stage no replacement has been named for Starc, with Tasmania’s Jackson Bird the reserve fast bowler in the touring party,” said the board via a release.
Even though spin bowlers have been quite a success in the series so far, Starc chipped in with crucial wickets at just the right time in both Tests. The 27-year-old also added a valuable 61 with the bat in the first innings in Pune to tide in Australia’s favor.
It is expected that Starc will be fit to participate in the Champions Trophy later this year in England. He had also pulled out of the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 to stay fit for the 50-over competition.