After being rested for the ODI whitewash against SA, Mitchell Starc believes he is fit and ready for the upcoming Test series against the Proteas.
Australia’s selectors will be hoping Starc rediscovers his stunning form from Sri Lanka where, in a 3-0 losing outfit, he was brilliant in capturing 24 wickets at an average of 15.16. After undergoing surgery after lacerating his leg in a fielding mishap at Sydney’s Hurstville Oval five weeks ago, Starc has announced that he is now ready for selection.
‘I’m available for (state) selection,’ Starc said on Thursday. ‘I’ll hopefully be on that plane on Monday to Brisbane and get some good bowling in and be back playing and ready to go for that first Test.’
Despite feeling some effects after his rehabilitation, the Australian speedster is not too worried about finding his full form before the first Test kicks off in Perth on November 3.
‘The first session I had about a week and a half, nearly two weeks ago, was a bit tight trying to stretch that skin a little.
‘Since then it’s been fine. I’ve been bowling off the long run at a net session with the Blues boys (on Tuesday) and will bowl at them again today and probably have another session before going over to Brisbane on Monday.
‘Hopefully I can hurry up a few more batsmen next week in Brisbane.
‘I’ll be bowling to a few guys in the (Sri Lanka tour) Test squad in Joey Burns and Usman Khawaja so I’ll be looking to make them jump around.
‘Hopefully knock Joe over with the new ball.’
Starc has played one match against South Africa on the Proteas’ tour to Australia in 2012, where he took eight wickets at an average of 26.12.