Hobart - Australia pace spearhead Mitchell
Starc will have ankle surgery and is "unlikely" to play in the World
Twenty20 tournament in India next year, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.
Starc, who has had trouble with his right
ankle stemming back to the Ashes series in England this year, suffered a stress
fracture of the same foot in the day-night third Test against New Zealand in
Adelaide late last month.
It has now been decided he needs ankle
surgery meaning Starc will miss the remainder of the Australian season.
"After discussions with specialists,
and in consultation with Mitchell, we believe the best course of action would
be for Mitchell to have the surgery for his ankle impingement now while he is
currently laid off with the stress fracture in his foot," CA
physiotherapist David Beakley said in a statement.
"His return to play time frames will
be clearer once the surgery is complete but it is unlikely that he will be
available for the ICC World T20."
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.
A date for surgery is yet to be confirmed.
The World T20 takes place in India in March-April 2016.