Mitchell Satrc to return to inetrnational cricket seven months © Getty Images
Mitchell Satrc to return to inetrnational cricket seven months © Getty Images

Joe Burns has sent out a warning regarding Mitchell Starc’s comeback getting close to his best. Starc has been out of action after he had suffered a stress fracture during the historic day-night Test between Australia and New Zealand last November. That was followed by Starc undergoing a surgery and then rehabilitation. Burns faced Starc along with Josh Hazlewood in the nets when the Australians began their practice ahead of Australia’s tri-series against South Africa and West Indies in the Caribbean. Burns who sported at least one bruise from the fierce fast bowler is in no doubt that Starc is returning to his best. READ: IPL 2016: Allan Donald calls Mitchell Starc a ferocious bowler

According to, Burns who has become David Warner’s regular opening partner in the Tests after Chris Rogers’ retirement last year, said,” Starc is bowling very fast, very accurately and swinging it. I think he’s bowling close to his best. There were some very scary days facing him, but it’s just great to see him back on the park and bowling express speeds.

He’s got that ability with the new ball to almost skid it off the lower wickets as well. So he’s still as challenging in those [sub-continental] conditions as he is on the Australian wickets I reckon,” Burns added.

Burns went on to add that he has been missing Warner’s company, who is in India at present leading the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016. “I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m actually missing him,” Burns revealed when asked if he was looking forward to resuming his opening partnership with Warner when the Qantas Tour of Sri Lanka begins in July.

“I’ve been quite bored hanging out in Brisbane, and [been] following him in India and all the Aussie guys in the IPL,” he added.