Australia’s pacer Mitchell Starc was today ruled out of the final two Tests against India due to a stress fracture in his right foot, which could be major blow to the visitng team.
Starc suffered the problem during Australia’s loss in the second Test in Bengaluru and after the pain continued 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,” added Mr. Beakley.
After all-rounder Mitchell Marsh left series mid-way due to a shoulder injury, Mitchell Starc will be the second player to fly home before Bengaluru test. Starc, was in good form in both the tests so far that have played in the series and this could be a major blow for the team’s fortunes.
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.
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This isn’t the first time that Starc has been ruled out with stress fractures. He was sidelined after the inaugural day-night fixture contested between Australia and New Zealand and was forced to undergo surgery in December 2015 and he even missed the ICC world T20 in India last year.
The third test of the Border-Gavaskar series begins in Ranchi from March 16.