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Mitchell Starc targets Sri Lanka tour for return from injury

Mitchell Starc targets Sri Lanka tour for return from injury
Australia are likely to tour Sri Lanka in July.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who is currently recovering from an ankle surgery is targeting the tour of Sri Lanka in July for staging a return to international cricket.

The 26-year-old last played in the day-night Test match against New Zealand during which he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot and only bowled nine overs in the first innings.

Starc, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation in the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane stated that his progress, though slow, was on track.

“(Progress) is slow but I’m on track,” Starc told cricket.com.au.

“It’s nice to be running again, even though it’s slow - it’s more of a fast walk.

“It’s nice to be doing things in the gym, it’s a silver lining, and it’s nice to be able to have a pre-season before I start playing again.” 

His injury and the subsequent surgery have ruled him out of the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament and Starc is focussing on getting fully fit before Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka later this year.

The left-arm fast bowler further revealed that he will begin bowling in late march and it will be up to the team management and medical staff to give him the all clear to stage a return to competitive cricket.

“Hopefully I’m not too far away, obviously the big one is the Test tour of Sri Lanka - that’s first and foremost, making sure I’m 100 per cent ready to go for that one.

“If I’m ready for the West Indies tri-series beforehand then that is a bonus, but the Test matches are up there for me to be right and available for.

“Hopefully I’ll start bowling at the back-end of March and they’ll have a close eye on me with that sort of stuff so it’ll be up to them to give me the green light or not.” 

With 22 wickets from eight matches in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Starc fetched the man of the series award as Australia went on to win their fifth title.

According to the ICC Future Tours Program, Australia are scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in July 2016 to play three Test matches, five One-Day Internationals and two T20 Internationals.  

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