World Test Championship: Mitchell Starc primed for Test return against India despite ‘a level of discomfort’

In the current four-match series against India, Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green will play in the third Test, which will start on March 1 in Indore. They were unable to participate in the previous two tests. Australia has suffered a significant setback in the ongoing four-match series in India after dropping the first two Tests in a three-day span. Skipper Pat Cummins will miss the third Test in Indore after flying back home for personal reasons.

The return of all-rounder Cameron Green and left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who have been permitted to play after recovering from finger injuries, will, however, give the visitors hope. Starc’s rehabilitation hasn’t been completed yet, which he acknowledged would take time, but he’s optimistic going into the test. On February 27, Starc remarked on his finger, “It’s good enough.”

Mitchell Starc primed for a Test return

There will definitely be some discomfort… Although I don’t think it will be 100% for a long, the ball is coming out smoothly, and I feel like I’m operating at pretty much full capacity. The 33-year-old thought more about the injury’s origin and added that he has played throughout his career in similar situations. It hurts more since the joint is limited after six weeks of wearing a splint and still has to wear one for a few more weeks.

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Dealing with the discomfort of it and regaining movement is probably the only part. It will happen over the course of the following few weeks, and each day I bowl, it becomes better. The comfort levels don’t matter to me; it’s doing what I need it to do so that I can play. “That wouldn’t be the first Test match I’ve played with some form of discomfort. I wouldn’t have played more than five or ten Tests if I had only played when I was 100%.

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I’m content with the situation as it is, and over the past 10 or 12 years, I’ve developed a pain tolerance that allows me to handle such stuff.” Starc insisted that the quicks are just as important despite spin’s dominance in the first two Tests. He emphasized the possibility of reverse swing as the match went on, as well as the footprints he would be able to leave that would help spinners, Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy. It has been difficult for the first two Tests, according to Starc.

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The quicks still have a role to play with the new ball and, if it reverses, be able to bowl that skiddy ball and bring the stumps into play. “We definitely see spin playing a significant part. As we’ve seen with the Indian players, seam bowlers have a crucial role to play, and Pat has occasionally used his ball to attack as well. Being a left-armer is a little different, as are the footmarks I can make, obviously. despite being slightly heavier in the crease, generate more than the Indian players.”

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