Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc injured, will miss the IPL 2018
Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the fourth Test against South Africa as well as the Indian Premier League because of a stress fracture in his lower right leg.
Captain Tim Paine said at the toss on Friday that Starc had been “battling some injuries throughout the tour” and had been rested from the final Test.
But Cricket Australia’s website later stated he has ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’, which basically means a stress fracture, and that he would fly home after the Test for further assessment.
BREAKING: Mitchell Starc has a ‘tibial bone stress in his right leg’.
He will return home for further assessment after the Test and will miss the IPL.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) March 30, 2018
The left-arm pacer was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 crore at the IPL auction in January, but will not take place in the lucrative tournament this season now. Starc was replaced for the final Test against South Africa by South Australia’s Chadd Sayers and will fly home after the series for further injury investigation and assessment.
Starc has 34 wickets at an economy rate of 7.17 from 27 IPL matches.
KKR, who won the title in 2012 and 2014, will open their IPL 2018 campaign against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 8.
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