Mitchell Starc suffered a bruised heel in Perth Test    Getty Images
Mitchell Starc suffered a bruised heel in Perth Test Getty Images

After Mitchell Starc, now Tim Paine has also joined the list of players who remain in limbo for a start in the Boxing Day Test for Australia. It is being said that Paine did not travel with the team to Melbourne due to personal reasons. Starc suffered a bruised heel during the Perth Test.

Speaking to media Starc said: “It won’t be my choice.” He was seen on crutches on Friday while arriving. Some reports also suggested that Starc could be ruled out as early as Saturday, who is highest wicket taker this series.

Jackson Bird is most likely to take his place in the playing XI on December 26. Takling about Starc s injury former paceman Ryan Harris in a radio interview said: “I have had it. They can be quite painful. You can’t hide it. You can’t change anything — the way you land or try and get around it.”

As far as Paine is concerned it is being reported that the wicketkeeper stayed back after his father-in-law suffered a stroke. Australia have regained the Ashes urn after taking a 3-0 lead and will look to complete a series clean sweep going ahead.