The Aussie pace bowler says he will be back for Ashes series after operation on his ankle.
With Australia’s current Test series in India confirmed as a loss after the third match, the tourists decided to send bowler Mitchell Starc home to have an operation on his troubled ankle.
Defeat in Mohali in the third Test of a four match series put the Aussies 3-0 down with only pride to play for in the final fixture in Delhi.
As such it gave them the opportunity to treat any injuries to their players so they would have plenty of time to recover before the Ashes series starts in England on 10 July.
However, with Starc’s operation likely to keep him out of cricket for some time there were some concerns in the Australian camp that their bowler wouldn’t be fit in time for the Ashes opener at Trent Bridge.
Yet the 23-year-old is confident that he will be ready to face England.
“I had to come home now to get it [surgery] done ASAP, and, from the timeline that we’ve spoken about, as long as there’s no complications, then there’s no reason why I shouldn’t be 100 per cent for the Ashes,” Starc was quoted on Sky Sports.
In fact the paceman is so sure he will be back by the summer that he thinks he could even play in the Champions Trophy in June.
“As long as there’s no infection and no complications, and I heal well, I’m still a chance at the Champions Trophy.”
With two competitions potentially coming up in England for Starc then he may be pleased he has experience of the English conditions whilst playing for Yorkshire – which is very different of that in the southern hemisphere.