Ashes 2017: Australia's Mitchell Starc set to return from injury, gears up for Test comeback against England

Starc has been out since June after suffering a recurrence of a foot injury during the Champions Trophy with Australia.

Reuters, October 03, 2017

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is set to make a return to competitive cricket for New South Wales against South Australia in a one-day match on Friday.

The left-arm fast bowler has been out since June after suffering a recurrence of a foot injury during the Champions Trophy with Australia.

File image of Mithcell Starc. Getty Images

File image of Mithcell Starc. Getty Images

Australia’s assistant coach David Saker confirmed Starc and Josh Hazlewood would feature in first-class cricket before the home Ashes series against England, starting in November.

They will be joined by fellow speedster Pat Cummins, who has been rested for the upcoming T20 internationals in India.

”Whether the fast bowlers play all three of those we’ll wait and see,“ Saker told reporters. ”Three Shield games to shape the Australian team – it’s going to be good for everybody.

“Josh Hazlewood is on track to play the first test. Mitchell Starc’s going really well and Patty’s obviously flying.”

Starc has backed the team’s fast bowlers to replicate the havoc created by the Mitchell Johnson-led attack in the Ashes whitewash of 2013-14.

England batsmen were left shell-shocked by the blistering pace and bounce from the Queenslander, who finished with 37 wickets in five tests.

“We’ve got a really solid attack and we complement each other. If it’s not me, you’ve got Pat Cummins who can bowl fast bouncers and Josh Hazlewood bowling consistent line and length,” Starc was quoted as saying by the Daily Telegraph.

“It’ll be much like that attack did when Johnno (Johnson) took all those wickets, I think we complement each other really well.”

Australia’s five-test Ashes series against holders England starts in Brisbane on 23 November.

Updated Date: Oct 03, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114