Sydney - Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc on Thursday said he was raring
to go after six months on the sidelines, declaring himself "fit, strong
Starc, 26, is set to make his long-waited comeback in
Guyana on June 6 against South Africa during a one-day tri-series that
also features the West Indies.
The left-arm paceman has been out
of action since fracturing his foot in last November's historic
day-night Test in Adelaide against New Zealand.
"It's been a long
time coming. The foot has been great, there's no pain in the ankle or
the foot," Starc told reporters in Sydney ahead of the team's departure
for the Caribbean.
"I've been really happy with it, it's come
along really well. I've had a good three or four months in gym to get a
bit of size back on, and I'm feeling really good; fit, strong and ready
to play some cricket."
His fitness boosts Australia's pace attack
which also features Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Scott Boland
for a series where each team play three matches against the other, with
the top two making the final on June 26.
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, and said he was "in a
"I'm not sure if I'll be back up to top speed
straight away, it might take a couple of games as it normally does for
fast bowlers coming back, but I'm excited to see how it comes out on the
gun," he said.
If Starc comes through the tri-series unscathed, he can look forward to a busy period with tours of Sri Lanka and South Africa.
is followed by a home summer featuring Tests against South Africa and
Pakistan and one-dayers with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.