Frustrated Starc looking at ‘bigger picture’
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is finding the restrictions on his workload post-surgery a bit difficult to deal with, as he'd like to be playing every game, but says he knows the bigger picture is more important.
Starc was out for six months after having ankle surgery late last year, and returned to action in the current tri-series in the Caribbean. But he played just two of the four matches his side contested so far, and is finding being sidelined and man-managed tricky to deal with.
As Starc is Australia's premier paceman at the moment, they are eager to make sure his ankle injury does not recur, in order to keep him fit for big series on the horizon.
Starc told cricket.com.au: "It's part of the plan unfortunately. Being fit this time around and watching from the side can be a little bit frustrating.
"But I've got to look at the bigger picture and there's a lot to come in the next six months, so I'll stick by the plan and stick by what the medicos tell me to do. I don't have too much say in it. I want to play every game.
"The bigger picture (is) we have three Tests against Sri Lanka, a one-day series that follows that, a one-day series in South Africa and then we've got the home summer.
"It's feeling really good, but I've just got to manage that at this point in time. That's for the medicos to do and me to sit back, unfortunately.
"I'm getting used to being told what to do. It'd be really nice to play every single game, but the sheer amount of cricket we play these days, if you play every game, you're going to break down at some point, so you have to be a little bit smarter about it.
"At the moment, I'm feeling really good. I'm feeling strong and ready to go at every point. It's about me getting right for the next game, and if that involves playing, that's lovely.
"But if it means I have to rest or sit out here and there, I'll have to cop that on the chin as well.
"It's about finding that happy medium, where you're not bowling yourself into the ground and you're injured every 12 months. But at the same time, you want to keep that rhythm and be fresh enough to play as much as you can.
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