Starc ‘tweaked’ his action during injury lay off


Fit again Australia paceman Mitchell Starc said that he has had time to tweak his bowling action during his spell on the sidelines due to an ankle injury.

The left-arm paceman had surgery on his ankle that has ruled him out of action for the past four months, but is now raring to go.

The 26-year-old Starc has been included in Australia's ODI squad for the tour to West Indies in June where they will take on the hosts and South Africa in a triangular series.

Starc told Cricket Australia's website: "One of the positives of this little layoff has been that I've been able to talk to a few people and discuss things that I might be able to change or get better at – little tweaks in my action that might improve my bowling.

"That's a positive that I can work on that away from cricket, away from competitive games.

"It's about looking at those positives and being able to come back bigger and stronger and hopefully back to the form that I was in before I (got injured)."

Starc was bowling close to his best before the injury struck, and was spearheading the Aussies' bowling attack in Test cricket, a format that he often struggled with consistency.

The fast bowler said: "It's about getting back to that consistency that I'd started to find just before I broke down.

"I was getting to that stage where everything started to click and that consistency that I'd been looking for a while was starting to come together.

"So it was a bit frustrating that I broke down then but it's a good sign for the future if I can come back to that (form)."