Sydney - Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc says it didn't take him
long to feel like he has his rhythm back after returning to training from a foot
The left-arm paceman had been sidelined for three months but
has been bowling in the nets for the last 20 days as he gets himself ready for
Australia's Champions Trophy campaign, which starts against New Zealand on
The 27-year-old missed the Indian Premier League to
concentrate on getting back to full fitness and feels his comeback is better
than last season when he missed seven months of action.
Starc said: "So even coming back into the nets, it
didn't feel like it took too long to get some good rhythm back. So hopefully
it's not like last time with such a big lay-off.
"I'm pretty confident with how it's going, it's feeling
good in the nets and with the few centre wickets we've had."
The Aussies have a fearsome pace bowling quartet for the
Champions Trophy, with Stars joined in the squad by Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins
and James Pattinson.
Injuries have ensured that all four pacers have not played
together for the national side together but Starc is relishing going into
battle with his fast bowling friends.
Starc continued: "We're looking forward to hopefully
playing a few games together if the four of us get picked.
"We've obviously come through the ranks together, we've
played a lot together and against each other in the under-age stuff and heading
into domestic cricket.
"But we haven't all been on the park at the same time
for Australia. So I think it's exciting for the four of us."