Ankle surgery set to keep Starc out of World T20

(Reuters) – Australian left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has decided to undergo surgery on his ankle and is likely to miss the World Twenty20 in India early next year, Cricket Australia said yesterday.

Starc has long suffered from bone spurs in his right ankle and decided to take the opportunity to have an operation to resolve the problem while sidelined by a foot injury sustained against New Zealand. “Mitchell met with specialists late last week to get an opinion on his recent foot injury and ongoing right ankle impingement,” the team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a news release.

“After discussions with specialists, and in consultation with Mitchell, we believe the best course of action would be for Mitchell to have the surgery for his ankle impingement now while he is currently laid off with the stress fracture in his foot.

“His return to play timeframes will be clearer once the surgery is complete but it is unlikely that he will be available for the ICC World T20.”

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