Injured Mitchell Starc targets Pakistan ODIs for international return
Mitchell Starc (AFP Image)

Currently sidelined due to injury, it may not be long before Mitchell Starc is back playing for Australia. In fact, the left-arm pacer is confident of attaining full fitness right in time ahead of Australia‘s tour of the UAE, starting second week of March.

Starc explained he is still “a couple of weeks” away from bowling but the way his rehabilitation is faring, the pacer is confident of being available for selection for the series against Pakistan.

“The UAE [tour] is around the 15th of March so if all goes to plan I should be pretty sweet to be available for that one,” Starc told cricket.com.au. “Obviously the boys go to India, hopefully it’s a good tour for them there. I don’t think I’ll be ready for any stage of that. So, it’s up to the rehab group and the selectors and see how the rest of this summer goes.”

Starc, who along with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins, was rested for the ODIs against India, picked up a pectoral muscle injury, which subsequently ruled him out of Australia’s seven-match tour of India – two T20Is and five one-day matches. And with only a handful of matches remaining before the World Cup, Starc is in a race against time to get fully fit.

Once Australia finish playing five matches in the UAE, they will take part in three practice matches against a side from New Zealand, before playing two warm-up matches in the lead-up to the World Cup.