Aussie quick, Mitchell Starc, has been cleared of any serious injury after he underwent scans a day after Australia regained Ashes urn from England.
Though Starc’s participation in the Boxing day Test is yet to be confirmed, as per a report in Cricket.com.au.
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The selectors had already decided not to release Jackson Bird from the squad, and he will be the confirmed replacement in case Starc will not be fit for the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. The decision of Starc’s availability will be known next week only ahead of the start of the penultimate Test.
Australia will go in the Test to move forward in the way of whitewashing the visitors, just like they did in 2013/14 Ashes at home.
Starc, who had been touted to emulate Mithcell Johnson – who scalped 37 wickets in 2013/14 Ashes – has scalped 19 wickets till now and is not expected to touch Johson’s tally. Starc is the highest wicket-taker in the series so far.
England, on the other hand, will look for a miracle in the fourth game. They have lost all the three Tests with the third loss coming by an innings margin. They lost the first Test by ten wickets; which was also equivalent to an innings defeat as well.
If Starc is ruled out, it will give much satisfaction to England, as it will leave the winning door ajar for them but still, they have likes of Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to face. The fourth Test of the series starts on December 26 in Melbourne. The fifth and the final Test will be played next year from January 4 to 8 in Sydney.
Australia will set it’s sight on a clean sweep while England will look to salvage pride in the next two contests.
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