Mitchell Starc gives Australia hamstring scare on eve of decisive day in Brisbane


Starc has struggled this series, with his best being just a few outstanding spells across the four matches

Mitchell Starc grabbed at his right hamstring during his only over of India’s second innings at the Gabba before rain curtailed the penultimate day of the Border-Gavaskar series. That meant Australia were left with another headache entering a final day, where they must win in order to keep alive their ambitions to reach the World Test Championship final.

Starc had begun strongly in the series opener at the Adelaide Oval but has since struggled to find his best, with his best bowling limited to just a few outstanding spells across the four matches. His obvious discomfort in the closing passage of play raised concerns that the mental fatigue of the series had a physical equivalent for one of the home side’s fast men right at the pivotal point of the decider.

“I saw the same thing walking back – he was grabbing at his right hamstring I think it was, so I’m sure he’ll get assessed by the medical staff,” Steven Smith said of Starc. “One thing I know about Mitchell is he’s tough and he’s played through some injuries before and got the job done, so he’ll be hopefully good to go tomorrow.”

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