Australia to keep using Starc despite ankle injury

"He can keep going until it actually gets a hell of a lot worse"

“He can keep going until it actually gets a hell of a lot worse”

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Australia national selector Rod Marsh has revealed that the Baggy Greens will continue using left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc until he requires surgery for his troublesome ankle injury.

Starc has become a regular face in the Australian line-up ever since the 2015 World Cup, but has been dealing with an ankle problem for the past couple of months.

During the recent Ashes series against England, he required numerous pain-killing injections to get through the five-Test series, which England ended up winning 3-2. It was the exact same story during the recently concluded ODI series as the 25-year-old needed a cortisone injection before playing in the fifth and final ODI in Manchester on Sunday.

Even though he is taking injections to help deal with the pain, Starc was still included in Australia’s squad for the upcoming two-Test series against Bangladesh next month.

“My understanding of Starc is that he can keep going until it actually gets a hell of a lot worse, and then he will have to have an operation. Rest won’t help him,” Marsh said. “He has got spurs in his ankle and there is a bit of bone that has broken off and floating, and every now and then it gets into a position where it is just chronically painful.

“Eventually it is going to have to be removed but it will take another three or four months after the operation for him to be able to play again. We have got some pretty important cricket coming, including the T20 World Cup, and we would like to see Starc lead the attack for that but, if he can’t, he can’t. At the moment, the plan is for him to keep going.”

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