Mitchell Starc confident of being fit for Perth Test against South Africa

ESPNCricInfo Thursday 20th October, 2016

mitchell starc confident of being fit for perth test against south africa

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is confident he will be ready for the first Test against South Africa in Perth in November after declaring himself fit for a Sheffield Shield appearance next week.


Starc had surgery five weeks ago after a horror incident in which he suffering a deep laceration to his left shin when he slid into the metal plate at the base of a set of stumps during a training drill in Sydney.

He was already due to be rested from Australia's ODI tour of South Africa and did not play at all during the Matador Cup, but is expected to take the field for New South Wales in their first match of the Sheffield Shield season against Queensland at the Gabba starting on Tuesday.

"I'm hopefully on that plane on Monday to Brisbane and [will] get some good bowling in and get back playing and ready to go for the first Test," Starc told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

Although he has not bowled since the end of Australia's tour of Sri Lanka in September, Starc expects to be unrestricted in his output in the Shield match. The round of Shield games will be the only chance for Australia's selectors to assess their players before naming the squad for the first Test.

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