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Mitchell Starc unlikely to participate in World Twenty20

Mitchell Starc unlikely to participate in World Twenty20
Mitchell Starc will need atleast six weeks before he can even start running at full speed.
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc expressed that he is unlikely to recover in time to take part in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Starc suffered an early stage stress fracture in his foot during the third Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval in November and also underwent a surgery to address a long standing ankle injury.

The 25-year-old stated that it is very unlikely that he will be able to take part in the mega-event as it will be about six weeks before he can even start running at full speed.

"It's a pretty rough time frame.

“It's still 5-6 weeks away before I'm back to 100 percent running.

“It’s very unlikely.

“Everything would have to go perfectly to be any chance.

“I won’t know until I can start doing some stuff on it.

“I’ve played probably non-stop for two years and the silver lining is I get to give the body a bit of a break and rebuild that strength.”

Starc has been the mainstay of the Australian bowling attack for some time now and has taken 46 wickets from 11 Tests in 2015 to add up to the 41 scalps he picked from 18 One-Day Internationals.

Between 2014 and 2015, Starc has played 50 international games across all formats and has been Australia's best bowler in the two-year period.

In the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Starc played a pivotal role in Australia's charge to their fifth title with a man of the series performance of 22 wickets from eight games.

Starc revealed that a timeframe for his return can only be drawn after observing how his foot reacts when he begins to bowl following his recovery.

The New South Wales fast bowler admitted that a more realistic opportunity for him to stage a comeback will be in the 2016 Indian Premier League or the West Indies tri-series in June.

“I don’t know at this stage.

“It comes back to when I start bowling and how it reacts to the bowling.

“There’s no real timeframe.

“That (the IPL) could be a possibility and there’s the West Indies tri-series after that as well.

“There’s cricket all throughout the year and I don’t want to rush it.

“I want to make sure it’s 100 percent before I go and play my first game.”

Since making his international debut in October 2010, Starc has taken 207 wickets across the three formats for Australia at an average of 24.44.

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