Hungry Starc back for Oz

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Australia paceman Mitchell Starc says he has regained his hunger for the game, and is feeling physically and mentally refreshed after an injury lay-off.

In news that is sure to give many batsman sleepless nights, Starc has declared that his injury enforced absence has reinvigorated him, after the grind of international cricket left him feeling jaded.

Speaking to cricket.com.au ahead of Australia's first training session in the Caribbean, Starc said: "Coming off the end of the Ashes and the one-day stuff, I was pretty mentally fatigued and it was nice to have a little break at home through the Matador Cup (last October),"

"So having six months off, although it was through injury, was nice to refresh a little bit and go through what I have to do in terms of cricket and strength wise."

Starc has spent the time recovering from injury and building strength but has also been able to reflect on his career and is looking to come back better than ever.

Of his time recovering Starc commented: "It was nice to spend three or four months in the gym to get that strength back that I'd lost over 12 to 18 months of cricket."

"It was nice to get that back, rest the little things that I needed to and make sure the ankle and the foot were 100 per cent right before I started to play cricket again."

"I think I've ticked all those boxes and that hunger has definitely come back a lot stronger than it was at the end of that Ashes series."

Starc put in a number of sessions at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, in a bid to regain fitness ahead of the tr-series in the West Indies, prompting teammate Joe Burns to label the quick scary. Starc said of the time in Brisbane: "I feel in a good place," he said. "I really needed those sessions (in Brisbane) to tell myself that I was ready to bowl. I had a lot of net sessions in Sydney and a lot of bowling to empty nets, so it was nice to come up to Brisbane and bowl to a few batsmen and see how it was all coming along."

"It might take a couple of games to see where that pace is and see if I can get that back. It doesn't normally happen straight away, especially for the quicks.It'll be interesting to gauge where that's at, but its feeling good.I've had a few months of bowling under the belt, starting from a couple of steps to full tilt in Brisbane before the tour. So it's feeling good and they're coming out pretty nicely."

Australia face the West Indies and South Africa in a triangular series that gets underway on June 3, before heading to Sri Lanka for a bilateral tour in July.

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