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West Indies tri-series a good challenge for Australia - Mitchell Starc

West Indies tri-series a good challenge for Australia - Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc has 90 wickets from 46 ODIs for Australia.
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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc feels that the tri-series against West Indies and South Africa in June is a good challenge for his team to win an away series.

Starc, who was named in the 16-man side for the tournament, is coming from a long layoff due to an injury to his right foot and also an ankle surgery to treat a long standing issue.

Revealing that he did not watch the Australian Men’s team playing cricket as it was frustrating, Starc said that he was able to see the games of the Women’s team which has now reached their fourth consecutive final.

“I haven’t really watched to be honest.

“I have watched the girls play; it’s been good to be able to watch Alyssa (Healy) play cricket.

“They are obviously going very well.

“I (have) tried to stay away from watching the guys play any of the cricket really, it frustrates me.”

The 26-year-old believes that the conditions in West Indies will be quite challenging for Australia and with two quality opponents, he is expecting a good month of One-Day cricket.

“It can be some tough conditions, pretty flat tracks over there and South Africa are a really good side.

“West Indies – depending on which team turns up on the day, they can always be very dangerous as we can see at the (T20) World Cup at the moment.

“(It is) a good challenge for the Australian team moving forward.

“It is a chance for us to win a series away from home.

“Two good opponents (and) conditions that we have to get used to again.

“Obviously, we had a recent Test tour over there, nine months ago I guess.

“(They are) conditions that we’ve all played in before.

“We’ve got seven games if we make the final so it is going to be good competition, a good month of cricket.”

In November 2015, Starc suffered an early stage stress fracture in his right foot, which forced him out midway through the first-ever day-night Test match in Adelaide against New Zealand.

Prior to that injury, Starc was Australia’s best bowler across all formats and also fetched the man of the series award in the victorious 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Further adding that he has been bowling from a short run up since three weeks, Starc is eager to bowl to a few of his teammates when they meet in Brisbane in May.

"I've been in the gym for close to three months.

“I've been bowling for three weeks.

“I'm still just progressing through my bowling.

"I'm not quite yet off the full run, hopefully I'll bowl to a few batsmen soon.

“That will probably happen in May when we get together in Brisbane, looking forward to that.”

Despite having played his last One-Day International in September 2015, Starc is still the third ranked bowler in the ICC player rankings in the fifty-over format.

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