Australia got big blow before three months of the beginning in ICC World T20 in India as fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out from the squad due to the ankle surgery. Cricket Australia confirmed about Starc’s ankle injury and reported that Starc would go under the treatment and probably he would miss prestigious twenty20 cricket event next year.
Cricket Australia Physiotherapist Mr. David Beakley said, “After discussions with specialists, and in consultation with Mitchell, we believe the best course of action would be for Mitchell to have the surgery for his ankle impingement now while he is currently laid off with the stress fracture in his foot.”
“His return to play timeframes will be clearer once the surgery is complete but it is unlikely that he will be available for the ICC World T20“, he added.
Mitchell Starc was the most successful bowler in 2015 cricket world cup triumph for Australia and he would be the key player in ICC World twenty20 2016. He was given ‘Player of the series’ award in world cup for 22 wickets. Starc is not a playing current home series against West Indies and will not be able to be part of Australian side for the tour of New Zealand in February.
With the loss of Starc, Australia will be going India without their frontline bowlers. Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris have announced retirement from international cricket whereas Pat Cummins is also facing leg injury. It means Australia will have to find some genuine good pace bowling attack in remaining 3 months to get prepared for world t20. Still Australia have got Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle who can bowl very well to guide team towards victory.
Australia will be playing 6th edition of ICC World 20-20 and team will be looking to win their first trophy. The 2016 edition of champions will run from 11 March to 3 April in 8 venues of India.