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Mitchell Starc delays surgery to target World Twenty20

Mitchell Starc delays surgery to target World Twenty20
Mitchell Starc is keen to return to action as soon as possible after suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in the third Test against New Zealand.
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Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc said on Monday that he will be delaying surgery on his ankle in a bid to feature in the upcoming tour of New Zealand and the 2016 World Twenty20.

Starc was ruled out of bowling in the recently concluded third Test against New Zealand in Adelaide after bowling just nine overs in the first innings.

Scans revealed a stress fracture in his right foot which might have been a result of his long standing ankle problem.

Despite being unable to bowl, Starc made a significant contribution with the bat scoring an unbeaten 24 from just 15 deliveries in the first innings.

Revealing the recent foot injury is not as serious as he first thought, Starc is keen to return to action as soon as possible.

"The foot won't rule me out for rest of summer, so no point doubling up and missing extra time with surgery," Starc said.

"Once I get home I will talk to the medical staff and map it out and see what it looks like.

“I will let the bone heal for now.

"I will be in the boot for three or four weeks and reassess then.

“There is no point putting a time stamp on it until the bone heals."

Starc's fitness was closely monitored by the Cricket Australia medical team as he was given cortisone injections to keep him going despite the ankle pain.

The ankle will eventually need surgery to be fixed but it might take a recovery time of three to four months and Starc is not willing to look at that option at this moment.

“Depending on how much damage is in there and how much bone is broken off, that sort of thing, and whether there's more spurs or not, it's something I'll look at down the track," he said.

"It's not something that I'm looking at doing right now."

The 25-year-old came in to bat in the second innings of the Adelaide Test when Australia needed two more runs to win with three wickets in hand.

Already struggling with the foot injury, making a quick stride for a run was never an option for Starc.

After the match Australian captain Steven Smith clarified that it was Starc who wanted to bat, counting on his hitting ability, but the New South Wales pacer had a different perspective to it.

"Well the spinners were on, so he asked if I'd go out there and have a slog.

"I thought that might change when they took the spinner off but it ended up that I went out there.”

In the 11 Tests Starc has played in 2015 he has taken 46 wickets at an average of 25.06.

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