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Last Update on: July 28th, 2023 at 10:53 am

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc admitted that he would continue to bowl in the Ashes finale against England despite discomfort in his shoulder. Mitchell Starc said that he will try to help his side register the first series victory on English soil in red-ball cricket since 2021.

Mitchell Starc sustained the injury during Day 2 of the fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. The left-arm pacer landed awkwardly on his left shoulder while fielding at mid-off. However, he was included in the lineup for the final Test match in London and performed well in the game.

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I Can Still Bowl And Do What I Need To Do – Mitchell Starc

Speaking after Stumps on Day 1 at The Oval, Mitchell Starc said that he has played with various niggles and injuries throughout his career and hopes to play this match as well.

“I’m not interested in getting it scanned or anything like that. That (damage to the AC joint) is what the doc and physio think’s the case. We’ll worry about that at the end of the week. There’s a bit of discomfort there … nothing major. I can still bowl and do what I need to do,” Starc said.

“I’ve played for over 10 years and been through a few niggles and injuries through the time. There have been times when I’ve left the team a man down or other people have. We all push through niggles and whatnot, so it’s no different this week, just a little bit of discomfort,” he added.

Starc picked up four wickets for 82 runs, including those of Ben Stokes and Harry Brook. He became the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes 2023, despite missing the first Test at Edgbaston. He left the field briefly due to discomfort in his shoulder, but returned with strapping.

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Guys Have Been Finding A Way To Switch Off – Mitchell Starc

Starc revealed that players found ways to recharge and switch off from cricket during the short break before the final Test of the ongoing tour.

“Guys have been finding a way to switch off, whether it be on the golf course, and some of the families are still here. We’re back in London and it was sunny, so a few people got out and about over the last couple of days to try and switch off where they could.”

“But you‘re playing international cricket in an Ashes series in England, so there’s no reason not to get up for this week,” he concluded.

Australia bowled out the opposition for 283 runs in just 54.4 overs after winning the toss. Josh Hazlewood and Todd Murphy took two wickets each, while Pat Cummins and Mitchell Marsh picked up one wicket each. The visitors scored 61/1 before stumps on Day 1.

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