Australian bowler Mitchell Starc will miss fourth Test against India with injury.
Aussie bowler Starc has been sent home from the tour of India so that he can have surgery on a troubled ankle.
With Australia having already lost the Test series after going 3-0 in a six wicket defeat in Mohali, the 23-year-old is having the operation now in a bid to be fit for the Ashes tour in the summer.
Starc will have bone spurs removed from his right ankle, and whilst it is a problem that hasn’t stopped him from playing fully in the current tour, it could cause him issues in the future if not treated.
Despite another defeat at the hands of India in Mohali, Starc was one of a few from the Australia side to take any positives from the match.
Although the paceman failed to really impress with the ball, taking two wickets from the Test for 125 runs, he top-scored in Australia’s first innings with the bat scoring 99.
As well as being one short of a century in the first innings, Starc then impressed with the bat again in the second by racking up 35 and helping to put on a last wicket stand of 44 runs.
The 23-year-old made his Test debut for Australia in 2011 against New Zealand at Brisbane. Since then he has gone on to play in nine five-day matches, taking 30 wickets and amassing a respectable batting average of 32.70..
The fourth and final Test of Australia’s current tour of India starts on Friday.