Mitchell Starc was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in their victorious ICC World Cup 2015 campaign © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc was the leading wicket-taker for Australia in their victorious ICC World Cup 2015 campaign © Getty Images

Australian skipper Steven Smith has revealed he is excited about the prospect of Mitchell Starc returning from injury, and hopes the bowler will be feared by West Indies and South African batsmen in the upcoming tri-series. Starc has been out of action since last November, when he suffered a foot injury in a Test against New Zealand. Since then, he has missed his side’s tour to New Zealand, as well as missing the all important T20 World Cup 2016 and IPL 2016. One of the most important players in his side’s World Cup in 2015, he was dearly missed by Australia in the recent T20 World Cup. ALSO READ: Mitchell Starc bowling close to his best, Joe Burns warns ahead of tri-series

Speaking about Starc’s return, Smith said, “It’s nice to have Mitchell Starc back bowling the way he is. He’s looking fresh and bowling at good pace. Hopefully some of the South African and West Indies batsmen are a little bit scared at the moment. It’s exciting to have him back and hopefully he can have some success straight away, or pick up where he left off. The set of skills he brings to the game, he knows what he’s doing 100 per cent of the time. He’s that banker … it’s nice to have him back,” reported cricket.com.au

The Aussies skipper also spoke about the prospect of working under Justin Langer, who will be a part of Aussie management for this tour.  “It’s going to be a little bit different not having Boof around, but Alf’s done a terrific job with Western Australia over the last couple of years.”

“It’s been a while since I’ve worked with him. He was the batting coach when I first came into the Australian side and he was a fantastic batting coach and all reports are he’s been doing terrific things at WA. So I’m looking forward to having a different voice around, something a little different for the guys and I think it’s an exciting time for Australian cricket to have someone of Justin’s calibre around the group.”