Adelaide - Australia's pace spearhead
Mitchell Starc said on Monday it could be up to four weeks before he knows when
he can bowl again after another injury setback in the Adelaide day-night Test.
Starc bowled only nine overs in New
Zealand's first innings before he heard a crack in his right foot and left the
field for treatment.
Scans revealed a stress fracture and he is
wearing a protective boot so the foot can heal.
The country's premier fast bowler following
the recent retirement of Mitchell Johnson said he was unsure when he would be
"It's about recovery now and healing
and getting back on the horse and I guess working back on my bowling and
hopefully being back sooner rather later," he said before returning home
after Australia's three-wicket win over the Kiwis on Sunday.
"I honestly don't know," he added
when asked when he would be back.
"Once I get home I can talk to the
medical staff a bit more and map it out and see what it looks like, but at the
moment it's trying to let the bone heal for now.
"I'll be in this (protective) boot for
another three to four weeks depending on how it's going and then reassess it.
There's no point putting a time on it yet until the bone heals."
But he added that the foot injury "is
not something that will rule me out of the entire summer season".
Starc has been managing a troublesome right
ankle since the Ashes series in England this year, and said that it was not
causing him great bother against New Zealand.
"Obviously, my ankle has been a bit of
an issue in the last six to nine months and it's actually been going OK, so
it's frustrating that the foot injury has come up and I felt it crack that last
ball," Starc said.
"It is something we've been managing
for a while and I had a couple more cortisone (injections) after the Perth Test
so it's actually something that has been managed quite well."
Left-armer Starc, 25, is Australia's
leading strike bowler and has taken 91 wickets in 25 Tests at 30.58.
He also bowled the fastest-recorded Test
delivery of 160.4 kilometres per hour during the drawn second Perth Test.