Fit-again Starc raring to go


Australia paceman Mitchell Starc is ready to make up for lost time when he makes his international return in the Caribbean next month.

The left-arm quick has been sidelined since undergoing surgery after fracturing his foot late last year, but was included in a 16-man squad for the upcoming one-day international tri-series against West Indies and South Africa.

Starc, who was also recalled for the Test series in Sri Lanka starting in July, is raring to go after such a lengthy absence.

"It's been a long time coming. The foot has been great, there's no pain in the ankle or the foot," Starc said.

"I've been really happy with it, it's come along really well.

"I've had a good three or four months in gym to get a bit of size back on, and I'm feeling really good; fit, strong and ready to play some cricket.

"It's been coming out pretty well up in Brisbane the last couple of weeks so I'm excited to see what comes about. It feels like it's in a good place.

"I'm not sure if I'll be back up to top speed straight away, it might take a couple of games as it normally does for fast bowlers coming back, but I'm excited to see how it comes out on the gun."

Australia take on the Windies in Guyana on June 5 in the first game of the series.