Sydney - Injured Australian paceman
Mitchell Starc isn't expecting to recover in time from ankle surgery to play in
the Twenty20 World Cup in March.
Starc sustained a stress fracture in his
right foot on the opening day of the day-night test against New Zealand in
Adelaide in November, and later elected to go ahead with previously delayed
surgery on bone spurs in his right ankle, forcing a long lay-off that included
the ongoing three-test series against the West Indies.
"It's a pretty rough time frame,"
Starc told reporters during the washed out day four of the third test between
Australia and West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground. "It's still 5-6
weeks away before I'm back to 100 percent running."
Playing at the Twenty20 World Cup in India,
"is very unlikely," he said, "everything would have to go
perfectly to be any chance. I won't know until I can start doing some stuff on
Starc, who was wearing a "moon
boot" to take pressure off his foot, said his first return to action would
more likely be during the Indian Premier League tournament, starting late
"That could be a possibility and
there's the West Indies tri-series after that as well," Starc said.
"I've played probably non-stop for two years and the silver lining is I
get to give the body a bit of a break and rebuild that strength. Make sure
everything is 100 per cent before I go again."
The left-arm swing paceman, who has taken
91 wickets in 25 tests and was one of the stars of Australia's World
Cup-winning campaign last year, did acknowledge that a return to the national
team was not a certainty.
"I don't think you can ever say 100 ercent that you've cemented a spot," Starc said. "I'm still going to
have to work when I get back to bowling to get my spot back.
"But I'd like to think in the last
10-12 months I've come a long way in all forms of cricket."