Starc on gruesome injury - You could see a couple of bones


Mitchell Starc has described the horrifying moment he realised he had injured his shin so badly that bones were showing through his broken skin.

The Australia bowler suffered the blow during a training drill this month, landing awkwardly on a metal plate at the base of the stumps while taking a catch.

He was fortunate to escape any structural damage to his leg, but required a supportive brace to hold the lacerated skin in place.

"I knew I'd hit the metal plate because it was quite sore, so I thought I might have a bit of a cut there and it's only sore because the bone has hit the metal," the 26-year-old told Cricket Australia.

"I looked down and there's a big hole in the pants, [I] saw a flap of skin and threw my hand on it to try and stop anything that was going on. I couldn't see much.

"Then the pain started to get a lot stronger and kept hitting me and I thought something might be a bit worse.

"The doctors came over and I couldn't watch from there.

"I didn't quite know the extent until I was in the back of the ambulance when the doctor was explaining how bad it was.

"You [could] see a couple of bones. I didn't want to look at it at all. They numbed it pretty quickly so I couldn't feel too much."

Starc hopes to be back in action for New South Wales' opening Sheffield Shield clash on October 25.