Mitchell Starc discusses his fitness in front of the third Test against India

Mitchell Starc discusses his fitness in front of the third Test against India. Starc indicated that his bowling arm’s middle finger would be splinted for another two weeks.

Mitchell Starc, Australia’s premier seamer, will almost certainly come in for skipper Pat Cummins in the third Test of the four-match series against India, which begins on March 1 in Indore. With both rehabilitating from finger injuries, the left-arm seamer will most likely be designated the team’s lone specialist fast bowler, with allrounder Cameron Green (if he plays).

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Mitchell Starc claimed that his bowling arm’s middle finger will be in a splint for at least two weeks, causing him pain while bowling.

Green has proclaimed himself fit for the third Tes. Starc has stated that he has seldom played a game without experiencing some pain.

“I don’t believe it’ll be 100% for a while, but it’s certainly good enough – the ball’s coming out very smoothly and I feel pretty much at full steam,” Starc was quoted as saying by Fox Sports.

“That wouldn’t be the first Test match I’ve played with some form of discomfort. If I had just played when I was 100 percent, I would have only played in five or ten Tests,” he remarked.

Despite not being at 100 percent, the Australian fast claimed he has no reservations about becoming the pace attack’s commander in the absence of Pat Cummins, who has returned to Australia to care with his sick mother.

“There’s no cause for worry in terms of workload or bodily… “I’m fully content with where my stats are and where my physique is,” the left-arm fast bowler added.

“You’ve got to be prepared to bowl at any stage. Whether it be looking like shorter stints but also working with the person at the other end. (Another focus) is the footmarks that I can create… “Being bigger at the crease, I surely create more than the Indian players,” he added.

Starc and his family went through a heartbreaking period two years ago when his father Paul died of cancer. Witnessing Cummins go through a similar circumstance with his family is difficult for the Aussie fast.

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“Having been in a similar scenario lately. It’s a difficult place to be trying to wrap your mind around playing international cricket while also being captain. ” Starc said.

“We’re sons, partners, fathers and humans first and cricketers second. (Cummins) has the group’s entire backing… It’s been difficult to watch him go through it from afar.”

Starc also remarked on Steve Smith’s captaincy in the third Test, adding that the group has found it simple to adapt back to playing under his leadership.

“He’s done it for a long time, I’ve played a lot of cricket with Steve as captain as well, so personally it’s been very comfortable. “The two Tests he had to play in Adelaide (standing in for Cummins in 2021 and 2022) were really successful for the group, so hopefully it’ll be another wonderful week for our squad,” he added.

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