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Mitchell Starc all set to make a return in West Indies Tri-Series

Mitchell Starc last played for Australia in November 2015.
Mitchell Starc last played for Australia in November 2015.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is all set for an international return in the tri-series in West Indies after he was named in the 16-man squad for the contest which will get underway on 3rd June.

Starc has been sidelined due to an early stage stress fracture of his right foot following which he also underwent an ankle surgery to treat a long-standing problem.

The 26-year-old has not played competitive cricket since the third Test match against New Zealand in Adelaide in November 2015 during which he suffered the foot injury.

Due to the injury, Starc was also ruled out of the Frank-Worrell Trophy, the tour of New Zealand and the ICC World Twenty20 tournament as well.

Australian national selector, Rod Marsh revealed that Starc has been progressing very well and the medical staff are confident of his successful return for the West Indies Tri-Series.

"Mitchell has progressed very well in his rehab and the medical staff are confident he will be fit to play in this series.

“It is extremely pleasing to have a bowler of his calibre back in the side.”

Earlier in February, Starc said the he was looking to target the July 2016 tour of Sri Lanka and added that it will be a bonus if he will be able to recover in time for the West Indies tour.

The 16-man squad will be led by Steve Smith with David Warner as his deputy while fast bowlers Scott Boland and Kane Richardson have been dropped from the side which played in the 2015-16 Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in New Zealand.

Left-handed batsman, Shaun Marsh has not been picked in the squad as he is granted paternal leave for the birth of his first child.

Due to the absence of Shaun, Australia have opted to select Travis Head, who made his international debut for Australia in the T20 International series against India.

Rod felt that Head has impressed with quality performances in all the formats and was confident that the 22-year-old will grab his chance.

Usman Khawaja, Aaron Finch, George Bailey and Matthew Wade make up the rest of the batting line-up while James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh are the all-rounders.

Starc will lead the bowling attack alongside Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and John Hastings while Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa are the two frontline spinners in the squad.

Stating that Australia are expecting slow tracks in the West Indies, Rod justified the selection of two front-line spinners and is backing both Lyon and Zampa to perform well in the series.

“Nathan (Lyon) has bowled very well in the West Indies in the past and we are predicting we will see some slow turning pitches.

"Adam (Zampa) has impressed us in India during the World T20 and has bowled consistently well, and with confidence, when given his opportunity."

Australia will take part in the Tri-Series against the hosts West Indies and South Africa with the matches scheduled to be played in Guyana, St Kitts, and Barbados between 3rd June and 26th June.

Australia squad for West Indies Tri-Nation Series:

Steven Smith (capt), David Warner (vice-captain), George Bailey, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

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