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Starc bullish on Ashes fitness

UPDATED 24 March, 2013 11:15AM AEST | by Omnisport 16

Australian paceman Mitchell Starc said he is in no doubt to be fit for the Ashes in England following surgery on Thursday.

Starc flew home from the tour of India following the third Test defeat in Mohali, after deciding to push forward an operation on his problem ankle.

While the left-armer said he felt he could have coped without the procedure and bowled throughout the five-Test series beginning July 10, he took the opportunity of Australia's early series defeat on the sub-continent to confront the issue.

And while conceding the problem had 'gotten worse' and he had required an injection to play in Mohali, Starc said he was in no doubt to miss the showpiece series with the old enemy.

"Not at all," Starc said, when asked if he had any doubts to his fitness for England.

"I had to come home now to get it (surgery) done ASAP, (and) from the timeline that we've spoken about, as long as there's no complications, then there's no reason why I wouldn't be 100 percent for the Ashes."

The New South Welshman even flagged a potential return via the ICC Champions Trophy in June, but said it was a matter of everything going smoothly.

"I guess it all depends on how the surgery goes, as long as there's no infection and no complications and I heal very well, I'm still a chance at the Champions Trophy," he said.

The problem is not news to most, with Starc having scans in late December that revealed the extent of the issue.

"We sort of knew there was something there when we had scans done around the Boxing Day Test, but if given the choice, I'm pretty confident I could have bowled through the pain through England but it's more a matter of coming back on hard wickets, it's just something that you never know could go at any time," he said.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 21 March, 2013 12:01PM AEST

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