<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australian pacer Mitchell Starc decides to give IPL a miss" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130124201919.jpg" title="Australian pacer Mitchell Starc decides to give IPL a miss" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mitchell Starc will take the time during IPL to rest and train for the upcoming Ashes series © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Melbourne: Jan 24, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Promising left-arm paceman <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Starc/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Starc</a> has decided to pull out off the auction race for the sixth edition of Indian Premier League (<a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank">IPL</a>) which will feature some of his national teammates like skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>, opener David Warner and recently retired <a href="/tags/Michael-Hussey/post" target="_blank">Michael Hussey</a>.<br /> <br /> Starc will use that time during IPL to rest and do the pre-season training for Ashes.<br /> <br /> "I thought about it long and hard and had a chat with a few people and just figured that I've had a pretty big 18 months and I feel that my body just needs that time," Starc told ESPN Cricinfo.<br /> <br /> "The six weeks just to have a couple of weeks off, build myself back up in the gym, get some bowling under the belt and be raring to go if the chance comes to go to <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a>."<br /> <br /> "My focus is playing for Australia and IPL can wait. For me, playing for <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> has always been the dream and I've got a chance to do that now. We've got a big 12 months coming and personally I'd rather take those six weeks to get myself ready for the winter over in England if I get the chance to go over there," Starc added.<br /> <br /> "I made the decision to go over to England last year to work on my game [with Yorkshire], and this year it's the smart option to take the six weeks to recuperate and get my body right and strong to go."<br /> <br /> "It's all a personal choice, just my decision not to go," Starc said. "I spoke to a few people, my manager, my girlfriend, a few people close to me and that was my decision.<br /> <br /> I've been going for 18 months straight now, pretty happy with how my body's going, and I've learned a lot in terms of my cricket," he was further quoted as saying by the website.