New Delhi: The struggling Australian cricket team was dealt another blow in the ongoing Test series against India after pacer Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the fourth and final match due to an ankle injury, which would require surgery.
"Cricket Australia advises that Mitchell Starc will return to Australia on Tuesday to have surgery to remove the bone spurs on his right ankle," CA said in a statement.
The bowler picked just two wickets in the couple of matches he played in the series which Australia have already lost 0-3. He did, however, shine with bat by scoring a personal best of 99 in the just-concluded third Test in Mohali. The fourth Test starts on Friday.
"Mitch has been experiencing ankle pain related to bone spurs during the India Test series and whilst manageable, this represents an appropriate time for Mitch to have the surgery with a view to having him fully fit for the Ashes in late June," Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner said.


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