Australia’s premier fast bowler, Mitchell Starc is all set to make a comeback onto the field, as the 27-year old is named in the New South Wale’s squad for the game on Friday in the JLT one-day cup. This will be the first game for Starc, who last played on June against England.
The tall pace-bowler who suffered a foot injury has now completely recovered and is targeting the Ashes which begins in late November.
Australia’s bowling coach David Saker has confirmed that Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will play few first-class games before the Ashes series begins in Australia.
“Whether the fast bowlers play all three of those we’ll wait and see,” Saker said. “Three Shield games to shape the Australian team – it’s going to be good for everybody.”
Starc, Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are likely to be picked for the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane, while James Pattinson is still recovering from his latest injury.
“Three of them we know are on track,” Saker said. “James Pattinson’s had a little setback but we’re not sure how bad at the moment. Josh Hazlewood is on track to play the first Test. Mitchell Starc’s going really well and Patty’s obviously flying.”
Saker has also said that they’re places up for grabs in the upcoming Shield games and if any player shows his form, he might get a call-up for the biggest Test rivalry in the history of cricket.
“The players that play the first three Shield games, if they put their hand up they’re a chance to grab a spot,” Saker said. “You think the incumbents would be first chance but I think if some people put some good runs on the board there’s a chance for someone else.”