Starc wants to bowl as much as possible

Australia

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc says he is happy to play through the pain the whole summer and delay the inevitable surgery on his ankle.

Starc, who was the player of the tournament at the World Cup earlier this year, has carried an injury since the Ashes tour of England ,where he could only get through games after having cortisone injections.

The 25 year-old does not want to reduce his workload and wants to play every match that he is available for as surgery will bring an end to his cricket season.

The left-arm paceman said: "I don't think rest is going to do anything, so I'd like to be available for all the games of this summer.

"We will keep managing it through the summer and if anything changes with how it's going pain-wise and if it's affecting my cricket then we will look at that option (surgery).

"There's obviously a bit of pain in there, but as has been documented I've had a few cortisone injections in England, so at the moment it's all going alright and I'm still managing it.

"If things change and it starts affecting my bowling and my cricket then we'll look to go down that surgery path. But at the moment it's all about trying to bowl as much as I can."

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