Australia has been dealt a seismic injury blow with pace spearhead Mitchell Starc ruled out of the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India with a fractured foot.
“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped,” said team physiotherapist David Beakley.
“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bengaluru this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.
“Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation.”
At this stage no replacement has been named for Starc, with Tasmania’s Jackson Bird the reserve fast bowler in the touring party.
The loss of Starc is disastrous for Australia which sits level with India at 1-1 after two Tests in a series that has exploded with emotion following the hosts’ dramatic win this week. The 27-year-old played a pivotal role in Australia’s first Test win in the subcontinent since 2004 when the tourists shocked India to claim the first Test by a whopping 333 runs.