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Australian pacer Mitchell Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green, who missed the first two Tests of the series against India, are set to play in the third Test in Indore from March 1 onwards, with the former playing with a “level of discomfort” as he has not recovered 100 per cent till yet.
Having lost the first two Tests within three days, Australia has been dented further in the ongoing four-match series in India, with skipper Pat Cummins to miss the third Test in Indore, having flown back home for personal reasons.
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Although Australia lost the first two Tests in just three days, the return of Starc and Green is a positive sign for the visitors. Starc confirmed that his finger is not fully healed yet, but he is confident and ready to play.
Starc explained that his finger has been in a splint for six weeks, and it will still be in one for a couple more weeks. However, he has been playing under similar conditions throughout his career and is used to dealing with discomfort.
“It is good enough,” Starc said of his finger on Monday as quoted by ICC.
“There is going to be a level of discomfort… I do not think it is going to be 100 per cent for a little while, but the ball is coming out quite nicely and I feel like I am pretty much at full tilt,” added the pacer.
“It is more the discomfort of the joint being restricted having been in a splint for six weeks and still having to be in a splint for another couple of weeks yet. That is probably the only part – dealing with the discomfort of it, getting the mobility back into it. That will come over the next couple of weeks and it has progressed again, it is a progression each day I bowl. It is not a concern for me, the comfort levels – it is doing what I need it to do to be available to play,” said Starc.
Starc also acknowledged the importance of spin in the first two Tests but highlighted the role of quick bowlers, particularly in producing reverse swing and footmarks for spinners. As a left-armer, Starc believes he can produce more footmarks than the Indian bowlers, which could benefit spinners Nathan Lyon and Todd Murphy.
“It would not be the first Test match I have played in some sort of discomfort. If I only played when I was at 100 per cent, I would have only played five or ten Tests. I am happy with where it is at and I have built up enough of a pain threshold to deal with that stuff over the last 10 or 12 years,” added the pacer.
“It has been a challenge for the first two Tests. We do see spin playing a huge part having said [that,] the quicks still do have a part to play with the new ball [and] if it does reverse, being able to bowl that skiddy ball and bringing the stumps into play. There is certainly an important role to play for the seam bowlers as we have seen with the Indian guys, and Pat has been attacking at times as well with the ball,” said Starc.
“Being a left-armer is slightly different and obviously with the footmarks I can produce as well. Certainly produce more than the Indian guys with being a bit heavier at the crease,” signed off the pacer.
Mitchell Starc and Cameron Green are set to play in the third Test against India despite Starc’s finger injury. Although Australia has lost the first two Tests, Starc remains confident and believes that quick bowlers also have a role to play alongside spinners.
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