Starc in doubt for second Ashes Test


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc may have taken seven wickets in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff, including a five-fer, but he is in doubt for the second game due to an ankle injury.

Starc did not look comfortable during Australia's second bowling dig, sending down just 13 overs, as his ankle problem from two years ago appeared to return. He had surgery in 2013 on a bone spur, and fans will hope it's not the same problem.

Former wicketkeeper Ian Healy was commentating on the game and hinted that the bowler had seen some medical injections come his way on day three, saying: "We hear injections in the ankle and real trouble with that ankle but he bore it and he got some success.

"Seven wickets in a Test, first time he’s done that, so that was a great effort."

Former skipper Ricky Ponting, also commentating on the game, added when Starc did not open the bowling: "There's obviously something going on with that ankle.

"It's unusual for him not to be out there so there's some sort of medical situation going on."

If Starc cannot play in the second game, which starts on 16 July, it could mean a place for Peter Siddle, or even Pat Cummins, who was brought in to replace the retired Ryan Harris.