Brisbane - Mitchell Starc's return will
strike fear into the West Indies and South African batsmen in next month's
one-day tri-series in the Caribbean, skipper Steve Smith said on Monday.
Left-arm paceman Starc, 26, has been out of
action since fracturing his foot in last November's historic day-night Test in
Adelaide against New Zealand and undergoing ankle surgery.
Starc's fitness boosts the Australian pace
attack which also features Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Scott Boland
for the ODI tri-series where each team play three matches against each other,
with the top two advancing to the final on June 26 in Barbados.
"It's nice to have Mitchell Starc back
bowling the way he is," Smith told reporters before the team's departure.
"He's looking fresh and bowling at
"Hopefully, some of the South African
and West Indies batsmen are a little bit scared at the moment.
"It's exciting to have him back and
hopefully he can have some success straight away, or pick up where he left
Starc has been charging in off his full
run-up and bowling with impressive pace at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane
over the past few days in preparation for the West Indies trip.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade was
struck a painful blow in the stomach from Starc in the nets on Monday.
Smith, who came home from the Indian
Premier League early with injury, said he was fit to take his place on the
Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell, who both
suffered from side strains in India, are also expected to be OK for the
tri-series opener against the West Indies in Guyana on June 5.
"I think they're both going to be
right to go," Smith said.
"Maxy's had a chance to recover and I
think he'll be fine for the first game.
"We'll wait until we get over there
and the medical staff can assess him then but I think he's tracking really
"Mitch Marsh has been getting through
his loads up here this week, he's been bowling well and batting well."
Smith dispelled concerns about his fitness,
saying he had fully recovered from the wrist injury that cut short his IPL
season earlier this month.
"It's coming along good, it was nice
to rest it for a couple of weeks and not pick up a bat or catch any balls. It's
done it the world of good," he said.
Justin Langer, the former Test opener and
current coach of Western Australia, will stand in as head coach in place of
Darren Lehmann, who has been given an extended break from touring after
suffering from deep-vein thrombosis earlier this year.
Australia squad: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, George Bailey, Scott Boland, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.