Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc is back to the squad to give a shot to play South Africa, only to bolster Aussies bowling line-up which lost the collective rhythm to spun the web against South Africa in the just concluded One-Day International series in what the Aussies got swept 5-0 under the carpet by the Proteas.
The southpaw underwent a leg surgery which kept him out of South Africa ODIs. With the speedster returning back to action, it will be a great test for him to make the cut for New South Wales’ opening Sheffield Shield match against Queensland at the Gabba making a start on October 25 (Tuesday).
The 26-year-old left-arm fast bowler is quite confident and is all set to feature in the first Test. “I’m hopefully on that plane on Monday to Brisbane and get some good bowling in and get back playing and ready to go for the first Test,” Starc said on Thursday (October 20).
Australia already ran through a rampaging stint in what they got whitewashed by Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series back in September followed by a forgettable ODI series against Proteas. However, Starc feels that Australia could produce a stellar rebound after all those bad memories.
“It’s all going well, it’s still not closed up but that’s not going to stop me playing,” he said.
“The boys have been on the road for a very long time, there’s a lot of time away from home,” he said. “I think they’ve had two weeks, maybe three weeks tops between May through to now.
The first match of the three-match Test series is scheduled to kick off on November 3 (Thursday) at the Western Australian Cricket Association in Perth.