Australia suffer huge Starc setback

10 March 2017 05:36:21 EST

Australia will be without fast bowler Mitchell Starc for the final two matches of their Test series in India due to a stress fracture of the foot.

The 27-year-old left-armer reported some soreness during the second Test in Bengaluru, which the hosts won by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1.

Subsequent scans showed a stress fracture in his right foot and Starc will head home to recover, with Cricket Australia expecting their pace spearhead to be fit for the ICC Champions Trophy in England later this summer.

Team physiotherapist David Beakley confirmed: "Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test, which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after as we had hoped.

"We made the decision to scan his foot and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture. Subsequently, this means he will be unavailable for the remainder of the tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation."

The tourists had already lost the services of all-rounder Mitchell Marsh after the second Test due to a shoulder problem, with Marcus Stoinis having been summoned as a replacement.

The third Test between Australia and India begins in Ranchi on Thursday 16th March, with the potential decider set for Dharmasala just over a week later.

Hosts India are 8/11 to win the third Test and are 6/4 to claim a 2-1 series victory, while they can be backed at 13/8 to complete a 3-1 series triumph.

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