Australia pacer Mitchell Starc said he actually feels some uneasiness in his finger after snapping a ligament in a handling setback in December yet he hopes to get back to the side for the Third test against India starting on Wednesday at Indore.
The left-armer experienced the injury to the center finger of his bowling hand and was sidelined as Australia lost the initial two tests of the four-match series against India.
With captain Pat Cummins and player David Warner are out of the series, the audience is probably going to enjoy back Starc and all-rounder Cameron Green.
“There’s going to be a level of discomfort for a while, I don’t think it is going to be 100% for a fair while,” Starc said on Monday. “But it’s certainly good enough. The ball’s coming out quite nicely and I feel I’m pretty much at full tilt.
“It wouldn’t be the first test match I’ve played in some sort of discomfort. If I only played when I was at 100% I would have only played five or 10 tests.
“I’m happy with where it’s at and I’ve got enough of a pain threshold to deal with that stuff over the last 10 or 12 years.”
Cummins has gotten back to be with his feeble mother, leaving Steve Smith, who captained Australia in 2015 and 2018, to lead the side in his nonattendance.
Starc felt the quicks actually played a major part to play in the series, which has up to this point inclined toward the spinners.
“It’s been a challenge in the last couple of weeks, the first two tests,” he said.
“We do see spin playing a huge part in this test series but the quicks have still played a particular role, whether it be with the new ball, if it does reverse-swing, and being able to bowl that skiddy ball and bring the stumps into play.
“So there’s certainly an important role to play for the seam bowlers.”
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