Sydney, Jan 15(ANI): Cricket Australia (CA) would look after young fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who is suffering from bone spurs, during a grueling tour of sub-continent and back-to-back Ashes, just like India took care of quick Ishant Sharma.
Starc has an impingement at the front of his right ankle, which is manageable at the moment but serves as a sign that the joint is under stress when it flares up, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Starc had spurs removed from the same ankle two years ago, an operation that requires about three months' recuperation.
The belated revelation that Starc is bowling in pain was central to coach Mickey Arthur's fierce attack on critics of the rotation policy, after an almost unrecognisable Australian one-day team's humbling loss to Sri Lanka in Adelaide on Sunday, the paper said.
The decision to delay Starc's surgery is similar to the calculated risk taken by India with Sharma, who carried bone spurs through last summer's four-Test series in Australia, the paper added.
The injury flared up during the series and he endured a difficult tour, managing just five wickets at 90.2 before having surgery to remove the impingement, followed by a three-month recovery period, it further said.
Glenn McGrath missed a whole Australian summer after having two operations to have spurs removed from his ankle in 2003-04 and there are precious few gaps in Australia's schedule to allow Starc enough time to have surgery, recover and build up his bowling workload again.
If Starc had the operation now then he would miss the four-Test tour of India but could get fit in time for the Ashes, the paper concluded. (ANI)