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Australia have been dealt a huge blow after it was confirmed that left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc has been ruled out for the rest of the ongoing Test series against India.
Starc, who will fly back home, has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot and sustained the injury in the second Test in Bangalore.
Starc felt discomfort in his foot during the match, but when the pain failed to dissipate a few days after the second Test ended, he underwent scans on Friday, which revealed the extent the of the injury.
“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped,” team physiotherapist David Beakley said. “We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture. Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation.”
The 27-year-old, who took five wickets at an average of 30.20, is the second player to head back to Australia after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, who flew back a couple of days ago after aggravating a shoulder injury.