Hopefully I’m not too far away, obviously the big one is the Test tour of Sri Lanka © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc added hopefully he’s not too far away from recovery and he is eyeing Australia tour to Sri Lanka © Getty Images

Australia left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who is nursing a foot and ankle injury, has expressed his wish to play during his team’s tour to Sri Lanka in July this year. Starc, currently is recovering at Bupa National Cricket Centre, Brisbane. The 26-year-old has not played for Australia since November. It was in a Day-Night Test match against New Zealand. During the match, he encountered a few stress fractures in his left foot. Starc is positive that he will get better before Australia tour to Sri Lanka in the month of July this year. Starc, considered to be the finest limited-overs fast bowler will be deeply missed in the all-important ICC World T20 2016 owing to the injury. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: New Zealand vs Australia, 2nd Test at Christchurch

In a conversation with Cricket Australia’s official website, he said, “[Recovery] is slow but I’m on track. It’s nice to be running again, even though it’s slow – it’s more of a fast walk. It’s nice to be doing things in the gym, it’s a silver lining, and it’s nice to be able to have a pre-season before I start playing again. Hopefully I’m not too far away, obviously the big one is the Test tour of Sri Lanka – that’s first and foremost, making sure I’m 100 per cent ready to go for that one.” READ: Mitchell Starc uncertain on comeback timeframe, will miss ICC World T20 2016

“If I’m ready for the West Indies tri-series beforehand then that is a bonus, but the Test matches are up there for me to be right and available for. Hopefully I’ll start bowling at the back-end of March and they’ll have a close eye on me with that sort of stuff so it’ll be up to them to give me the green light or not.” Talking about the Under-15 National Championships, he said, “You can get earmarked as a talented kid now as a 12-year-old. It’s a great time for the young kids and with a few performances you can find yourself in the system sooner rather than later.”