IND vs AUS: Mitchell Starc Ruled Out Of The 1st Test Of Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT)- Reports. After announcing he anticipates missing the first game of the series due to a finger injury, Mitchell Starc is trying to be healthy for the second Test against India in Delhi.
After separating the tendon from the bone in his left middle finger during the Boxing Day Test, Starc is still wearing a brace and is unable to bowl.
On Australia’s most recent Test trips to Asia, the left-armer has partnered with Pat Cummins as the second quick bowler, averaging less than 30 with his reverse swing.
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In Australia’s assault, Starc also plays a critical supporting role by setting up footholds for Nathan Lyon to spin the ball out of as he approaches the wicket.
Before the four-match series, the 32-year-old admits it is unlikely that he will participate in the first Test on February 9 in Nagpur, where he was given a 50/50 chance to do so.
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IND vs AUS: Mitchell Starc Ruled Out Of The 1st Test Of Border-Gavaskar Trophy (BGT)- Reports
“That’s probably likely (I will miss the first Test),” Starc told AAP at the launch of Amazon Prime’s The Test documentary.
“We’ll see how we’re placed at the end of the month.
“Hopefully I am there for the second Test if they want to play me. Maybe I can make some footmarks for Gazza (Lyon) or something. We’ll see how the finger is.”
The first Test is also anticipated to see all-rounder Cameron Green join Starc on the sidelines, leaving Australia without a fast bowling backup.
After claiming 12 wickets there on his debut in 2008, Jason Krezja cemented Nagpur’s reputation as a big-turning pitch.
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Josh Hazlewood, who was passed over for four of the five matches in Sri Lanka and Pakistan last year, will almost certainly play his second Test in Asia since 2017, thanks to the absence of Green and Starc.
Hazlewood made a strong impression upon making his side-strain comeback in Sydney last week, including his reverse swing in both innings.
Given that Travis Head and other players can act as spinners but there are no options for part-time pace, Scott Boland may also be considered as a third fast with Green out of the picture.
However, Cummins claimed that using just two seamers for Tests in India would not worry him about workload.