Sydney, Mar 19 (ANI): Pace bowler Mitchell Starc has been sent home by the Australian team management following an injury on his left ankle ahead of the forthcoming Delhi Test.
According to team doctor Peter Brukner, the left-armer is heading back to Australia for surgery to remove bone spurs on his right ankle as he had been experiencing pains related to the condition during the India Test series, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Although Brukner said that the pain is manageable, he said that this is an appropriate time for Starc to have the surgery so that he is fully fit for the July Ashes series.
Brukner further said that Starc, who will have the surgery later this week, is going to have his recovery process accessed by the team doctors when he returns to bowling.
However, coach Mickey Arthur said that the NSW paceman could have continued to carry the injury and play in the Delhi Test, although he added that that the team wanted to take a proactive approach in managing Starc to have him fit for the Ashes.
Starc, who has taken 30 wickets in his nine-Test career, is the second pace bowler to be sent back from the India tour after Jackson Bird, who was sent home last month with a back injury without playing a Test on the tour.
The pacer has laboured for figures of 2-200 in the series, having been dropped for the second Test and recalled for the third which ended with a six-wicket victory to India on Monday, the report added. (ANI)