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The Starc Man Cometh…

Can The West Indies Blunt His Pace?

According to cmc.com, Australian 26-year-old left-arm seamer and lower order batsman Mitchell Starc has fully recovered from injury and is expected to be in peak fitness for next month’s Tri-Nations Series against West Indies and South Africa in the Caribbean.

cricket ball & batStarc has been sidelined ever since he suffered a stress fraction of his foot last November, and was forced to undergo surgery.

He recently resumed training and the report cited Australian test team opener Joe Burns as saying Starc looked close to top form while bowling off a full run-up at the Bupa National Cricket Centre here.

“He’s bowling very fast, very accurately and swinging it. I think he’s bowling close to his best,” Burns said.

“There were some very scary days facing him but it’s just great to see him back on the park and bowling express speeds. He’s got that ability with the new ball to almost skid it off the lower wickets as well, so he’s still as challenging in those conditions as he is on the Australian wickets I reckon.”

Starc was last month named in the Australia squad for the Tri-Nations Series which runs from June 3-26 in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados.

He will spearhead a seam attack which includes Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and John Hastings.

Starc was an outstanding player during last year’s ICC Cricket World Cup and contributed to a great extent in Australia being crowned champions.

He has so far taken 90 wickets from 46 One-Day Internationals.

If he takes ten wickets in the next six outings, he will become the fastest bowler to reach triple figures in ODIs.

In 2015, on day three of the Second Test between Australia vs New Zealand, Starc delivered his fastest ball ever at a lightening pace of 160.4 kph.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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