Starc: I’m fit and raring to return

“It will be nice to get out and bowl some overs in the middle”

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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc is eager to make his comeback during his side’s second Champions Trophy warm-up game against Pakistan on Monday.

Starc has not played any competitive cricket since fracturing his foot in the second Test against India in Bangalore in March.

But, now that he is fit again, he is ready to make his presence felt ahead of the Champions Trophy, which begins on Thursday.

“I’ve spent plenty of time up in Brisbane in the nets, but it will be nice to get out and bowl some overs in the middle,” Starc said. “The last lay-off I had was about seven months, this one is about six weeks and even coming back to the nets it didn’t take long to get the rhythm back. I am pretty confident of going OK.”

Starc’s injury led to him missing the Indian Premier League (IPL), but the 27-year-old admitted that he welcomed the time off to enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

“It’s been great to get away and refresh mentally,” he said. “I’ve got my body right, spent some time at the gym, spent time with the family and home with the wife.”

Australia will start their Champions Trophy campaign against New Zealand at Edgbaston on Friday, and it could be the first time that the cricketing world gets to see Australia use the pace quarter of Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson.

“We’ve come through the ranks together and played a lot against each other in the under-age ranks and in domestic cricket,” Starc added. “But we haven’t been on the park together at the same time for Australia. It’s exciting as we are all of a similar age.

“It would be great to have the four of us picked, but even if there is only three of us playing you can have one on the sidelines that is ready to go.”

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