Mitchell Starc

Starc, Khawaja express concern over hardness of pink ball

Melbourne [Australia], Nov. 1 : Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has raised concerns over the hardness of the pink ball, saying it loses its hardness very early and goes soft within 20 overs.

The left-arm pacer, however, feels there is a lot to like about Kookaburra's new edition of the pink ball, but added there is still scope for improvement.

"It's still losing its hardness way too early. I think after 20 overs it starts to go soft. Kookaburra are improving it a lot," Starc was quoted as saying by

"They've changed the colour of the seam and put another coat of lacquer on it, which is helping the ball but I think we just want to see that ball stay hard for a lot longer than it does," he added.

Mitchell Starc to return after ankle surgery

mitchell-starcMohali, March 19 : Cricket Australia (CA) said Tuesday that fast bowler Mitchell Starc will return home and will undergo surgery to remove the bone spurs on his right ankle.

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said Starc will undergo surgery this week and his recovery will be assessed as he returns to bowling.  Starc will miss the fourth Test against India.

Oz think-tank scratching heads over replacing Starc with Johnson in Hyderabad Test

Mitchell-JohnsonSydney, Mar 1 : Australian selectors are pondering over replacing Mitchell Starc, who went wicket less during the Chennai Test, with experienced Mitchell Johnson in the second Test match against India in Hyderabad, starting on Saturday.

The Australian think-tank is also set to resist any urge to rest James Pattinson in a move that leaves Starc fighting to retain his place in the Test team, News. com. au reports.

Back-up pace man Johnson has entered the frame to replace Starc, and his selection prospects will improve further if the tourists desist from picking a second spinner at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, the paper said.

‘In form’ Starc rejects ‘going under the knife in bid to be fully ready for Ashes’ rumours

Mitchell-StarcSydney, Feb 2 : Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc has dismissed suggestions that he would soon be undergoing surgery to treat his injuries in a bid to be fit for the upcoming Ashes series in July.

Starc, who is managing ankle spurs on his right foot, said that he will not be missing any of the ongoing West Indies fifty-over games or the upcoming India Tests, in order to have surgery, although he added that he would probably need surgery in the future for a joint calcification, News. com. au reports.

Starc out of second ODI against Sri Lanka

/Mitchell-StarcMelbourne, Jan 12 : Australia cricketer Mitchell Starc has been withdrawn from the squad for the second One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Adelaide due to mild calf soreness.

Cricket Australia (CA) physiotherapist Alex Kountouris said: "Mitchell Starc had some mild right calf soreness after the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last night. While we are not majorly concerned about it, we have withdrawn him from the game on Sunday as a precaution.

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