Mitchell Starc hopeful of returning to Australia playing XI for 2nd Test against India

Written by Vishwas Gupta

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc is hopeful of returning to his side’s playing XI for the second Test against India in Delhi but admits he is no certainty after recovering from a broken finger.

Starc has missed Australia’s last two Tests after injuring his left finger while fielding off his own bowling against South Africa in December. The 32-year-old was sorely missed in Nagpur last week as India defeated Australia by an innings and 132 runs to take a commanding lead in the Border-Gavaskar series.

“I’d like to be a little further down the road,” Starc said in Delhi on Wednesday.

“Still a good chance so it’ll come down to how it reacts by the end of (Wednesday), how the medical staff see it, how the selectors and Pat (Cummins) and Ronnie (coach Andrew McDonald) feel about it as well.

“I’ll do everything I can to be fully available for selection, then it’s a discussion for the rest of the group involved. I don’t think (batting will be an issue) so it’s going to be uncomfortable but I don’t think it’s an issue,” he said. 

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