Amidst Injury "Starc" To Play Third Test.

Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green, who missed the first two tests against India, are set to play in the Indore Test.

Mar 1, 2023 - 14:28
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Amidst Injury "Starc" To Play Third Test.
Australian Pacer Mitchell Starc

Having lost the first two Tests within three days, Australia have been dented further with skipper Pat Cummins missing the third Test here, having flown back home for personal reasons. Mitchell Starc will also be playing in Indore although he is not 100 percent yet, the premier fast bowler is ready to play with a "level of discomfort"." It is good enough, "Starc said about his finger injury. " There is going to be a level of discomfort. I do not think it is going to be a 100 percent for a little while, but the ball is coming out quite nicely and I feel like I am pretty much at full tilt. " 

The 33-year old added that he has been used to playing under similar circumstances right through his carrier. "It is more the discomfort of the the joint being restricted having been in a splint for six weeks and still having to be in splint for another couple of weeks yet. That is probably the only part -dealing with the discomfort of it, getting the mobility back into it. That will come over the next couple of weeks and it has progressed again  it is a progression each day I bowl. It is not a concern for me, the comfort levels -it is doing what I need it to do to be available to play", said Starc. 

"It would not be the first test match I have played in some sort of discomfort. If I only played when I was at 100 percent, I would have only played five or ten tests. I am happy with where it is at and I have built up enough of a pain threshold to deal with that stuff over the last 10 or 12 years". Despite spin having dominated in the first two Tests, Starc maintained that the quicks too have a role to play. He highlighted the prospect of reverse swing as the game progresses, and the footmarks he would be able to produce, which would benefit off-spinners Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy. 

"It has been a challenge for the first Two tests. We do see spin playing a huge part having said that, the quicks still do have a part to play with the new ball and if it does reverse, being able to bowl that skiddy ball and bring the stumps into play. There is certainly an important role to play for the seam bowlers as we have seen with the Indian guys, " Said Starc. "Being a left-armer is slightly different. I can produce the footmarks as well certainly produce more than the Indian guys with being a bit heavier at the crease. 

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