Varun Aaron eyeing international comeback

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Aaron is hoping to restart his international career via the Ranji Trophy

India pace bowler Varun Aaron, who has been sidelined for the past 15 months due to a severe back injury, has announced that he is looking forward to the upcoming Ranji Trophy season and hopes to use it as a launching pad to restart his international career.

Aaron has been a regular face around the National Cricket Academy since suffering his injury during India’s tour of Australia in 2011-12.

Aaron also revealed that he has made a “slight adjustment” to his bowling action in order to avoid succumbing to the same injury again.

“The injury has started healing now,” he told ESPNcricinfo. “I have started bowling again.

“Obviously it would take me a little time to start bowling at full throttle, but I have been trying to build on pace slowly as I progress.”

The 23-year-old first sustained the injury in November 2011 and it resurfaced again in July 2012, upon where the physiotherapists at the National Cricket Academy expected it to heal in four months.

However, in November 2012, it was found that the wound had become infected.

“I consulted a surgeon in England who advised me that surgery was the best option and we went ahead with it in March,” Aaron said. “Since then, my back has held up pretty well.

“I would be naive to say that I am not frustrated. It’s been quite disappointing to have been out of action for so long but I am positive that the worst is behind me and once I get back on to the field, I am sure I would be able to enjoy my cricket even more.”

Despite his injury, Aaron has never once considered cutting down his pace, but in order to ensure he does not injure his back again, he has adopted a modified bowling action, which he credits Bharat Arun, the outgoing National Cricket Academy bowling coach, and V Venkatram, who was fired earlier this year.

“I would call it a minor adjustment,” Aaron said. “They suggested I should open up my landing foot while bowling, and it has really helped.”

With Aaron having sat on the sidelines for the past 15 months, he acknowledged that he has to start from scratch to make a case for himself and convince the national selectors to give him a spot in the national team.

“All that I am thinking about is to be fully fit,” he said. “The Ranji Trophy season starts in the last week of October and I am hoping to be fit in time for our (Jharkhand’s) first match.

“The next objective would be to remain injury-free for the entire domestic season and then we will take it from there.”

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