Mitchell Starc    Getty Images
Mitchell Starc Getty Images

Mitchell Starc got injured midway in the India tour. He was out with a broken foot in March. Two months later, Starc returned to the national squad for ICC Champions Trophy and re-injured his right foot. Since, Starc has not participated in international matches for Australia. However, the 27-year old is confident he will be ready for The Ashes 2017-18. Starc is eyeing return through the JLT tournament for New South Wales Blues later this month. Following the limited-overs series, 3 rounds of Sheffield Shield are scheduled. This provides ample opportunity for Starc and those aspiring to get selected for The Ashes to get the necessary runs and wickets under their belt.

Addressing the reporters at Sydney, a delightful Starc said, It’s nice to be back bowling. It has been fantastic to be back with the Blues boys and training around the guys I haven’t always had the chance to the last couple of years. To spend some time in the gym, to be back bowling now it’s all on track. Barring any hiccups I’ll be taking part in the JLT Cup and hopefully those first couple of Shield games as well. I think that’s a great lead-up for all the guys who are around the Test set-up, the guys who are looking to try and get in that team and some of us coming back from injury, as quoted by

Starc ensured his rigorous workouts will cover up for the matches that he lost out, The last few times I’ve been injured I’ve been rushed back too early for tournaments. The same thing happened in the Champions Trophy, so to have a nice even lead-in to this summer has been good. It has been a silver lining to spend a lot of time in the gym and not rush back into bowling and make sure I haven’t got any niggles leading into a very important summer.

Australia lost the first Test and handed Bangladesh their first victory over the visitors. However, Starc does not want to consider Australia s performance in the sub-continent as an indicator for The Ashes. It’s very different playing in home conditions compared to the subcontinent. It is going to be completely different being a home Ashes series, conditions we know really well and it is an Ashes series. I’ve not played one at home, I’m really looking forward to it, I know the rest of the group are, Starc concluded.