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Mitchell Starc says he is available for Pakistan series

The 28-year-old, however, added that his comeback plan would keep changing depending on his recovery progress

cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2018 12:57 IST
HT Correspondent
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ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: Mitchell Starc of Australia inspects the pink ball during day one of the Third Test match between Australia and New Zealand at Adelaide Oval on November 27, 2015 in Adelaide, Australia.(Getty Images)

Australia’s premier fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who has been sidelined due to a tibial bone stress reaction in his right leg, has said that he is available for selection for the Aussies’ upcoming two-match Test series against Pakistan.

The 28-year-old, however, added that his comeback plan would keep changing depending on his recovery progress.

“I’m definitely available for selection, as long as it all goes well over the next few weeks. There are not many opportunities to play very much competitive cricket before that tour. I’m aiming to play some practice games for NSW when they’re up in Brisbane if that plan goes ahead,” quoted Starc, as saying.

“The (comeback) plan will keep changing and developing with how my progress is. At the moment I’d like to think I’m very much available for selection for that UAE tour,” he added.

The Australian bowler sustained the injury during the third Test match against South Africa at Newlands owing to which, he was ruled out of the fourth Test and had to miss 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, as well.

Reflecting on his recovery process, the pacer said that his body is feeling good at the moment and he is bowling according to the plan.

“The body feels good, I’ve been bowling for three weeks,” he said.

“I think the plan is to bowl off my full run at about 85 per cent intensity,” he added.

Australia will meet Pakistan for two Test matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), this October.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Aug 06, 2018 12:57 IST