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Starc's summer in doubt

UPDATED 09 September, 2013 2:37PM AEDT | by Cricket Australia 15

Cricket Australia (CA) today provides the following injury updates on Mitchell Starc and Jackson Bird.

Commenting on Starc, Dr Paoloni said: “Mitch Starc had scans following his arrival back to Australia and they have shown an early stage low back stress fracture. His management plan will be determined in the coming days but he is expected to be unavailable for a prolonged period.”

Commenting on Jackson Bird, CA Chief Medical Officer Justin Paoloni said: “Jackson returned home from the VB Tour of England with some lower back soreness. We have ruled out a major injury but will review scans in two weeks to confirm this. We expect that he will be available during The Ashes.”

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CA General Manager Team Performance Pat Howard said: “While it’s a disappointing result for Mitch, we know he will bounce back. Starc, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins are all under 24 years of age and we are certainly well aware that until fast bowlers get into their mid-20s they are more susceptible to injury.

“Historically, we’ve rarely seen three such promising young fast bowlers come through at the same time and all of a similar age so when they get injured of course that will be disappointing. We’re doing our best to minimise longer term injuries, but we are also realistic that such injuries are possible.

“Looking at a comparison of some of Australia’s best quicks at the age of 23, Pattinson and Starc are second and third on the list behind Craig McDermott in terms of performance.”

“What that tells us is we have a greater reliance on younger fast bowlers at international level than ever before and we’re getting the most we can out of these talented young players, who are all coming through into international cricket together,” Howard said.

Comparison of leading Australian fast bowlers at the age of 23

Athlete

Test Matches

Wickets

Strike Rate

Economy

McDermott, CJ

24

80

62.84

3.27

Pattinson, JL

12

47

48.40

3.28

Starc, MA

12

41

59.76

3.38

Reid, BA

12

38

70.92

2.81

Gillespie, JN

10

39

38.56

3.29

Lillee, DK

9

47

47.98

2.66

McGrath, GD

2

6

96.00

2.64

Lee, B

1

7

31.71

2.11

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

First Posted 09 September, 2013 2:15PM AEDT

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