Australian paceman Mitchell Starc will soon be making his comeback in whites for Australia against Sri Lanka. Australia’s left-arm spearhead is feeling great after fully recovering from his ankle injury due to which he missed out the World T20 and Indian Premier League earlier this year. Starc had a good run in the tri-nation series in West Indies but wasn’t quite at his best.
In an interview ahead of the first Test, Starc said, “It feels great” when asked about his ankle recovery. “Having that floating bone taken out has done wonders for it. That movement has been fantastic, ever since I started bowling again after surgery. There has definitely been no pain there through the West Indies and through the start of this tour. It’s a fantastic result and I’m looking forward to hopefully playing a much longer period of cricket now.”
Talking about playing in Sri Lankan conditions Starc said that the conditions are similar to that in India. “Not having played Test cricket here before, and comparing it to somewhere like India where you really need to strike as often and as quickly as you can with that new ball to make inroads into the middle order. So as a bowling unit we want to take two or three wickets with that brand new ball and really get inroads into that middle order and expose them to our pace and our spinners. That’s going to be a big key, and we’ve spoken a lot about that.”
The Australian bowlers can reverse the ball but in Sri Lanka they need to do it quite often. “We all reverse the ball pretty well, it’s just about doing it more often and getting it in those right areas here in Sri Lanka where it’s going to be needed a lot more,” Starc concluded.