Starc fully fit and ready to torment batsmen


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is 'fit and strong' ahead of the tri-series in the Caribbean, and says he's eager to get back in the middle after six months on the sidelines.

The series, also featuring South Africa, will see Starc return to action after he underwent ankle surgery late last year, and as their most effective ODI bowler in recent times, the team will be delighted to have him back.

Starc, whose pace was labelled as 'scary' by batsman Joe Burns recently, said: "It's been a long time coming. The foot has been great, there's no pain in the ankle or the foot.

"I've been really happy with it, it's come along really well.

"I've had a good three or four months in gym to get a bit of size back on, and I'm feeling really good; fit, strong and ready to play some cricket."

Of his actual bowling, he added: "It's been coming out pretty well up in Brisbane the last couple of weeks so I'm excited to see what comes about.

"It feels like it's in a good place.

"I'm not sure if I'll be back up to top speed straight away, it might take a couple of games as it normally does for fast bowlers coming back, but I'm excited to see how it comes out on the gun."

He also said that he'd not made any changes to his action as it wasn't a technical issue that caused his injury, but rather not getting enough of a break last year.

He added: "Having that ankle issue through the Ashes from the first Test probably played big part in why my foot broke. I had surgery to take bone out of the back of the ankle, clean it up, take a few spurs out.

"It was more of an over-use issue and rather than a technical issue, so I'm back to bowling what I've been doing the past few years and ready to pick up where I left off in November."