Starc likely to miss World T20

Australia paceman Mitchell Starc is set to miss the World Twenty20 after confirmation he will require surgery on an ongoing ankle injury.

Starc, 25, suffered stress fractures in his right foot that ruled him out of Australia’s three-Test series against West Indies and upcoming limited-overs matches against India.

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While he is sidelined with the foot injury, the left-armer will undergo surgery on his ankle to correct a problem he has been managing.

Cricket Australia confirmed on Thursday that Starc needed surgery, likely ruling him out of the World Twenty20 in March-April 2016.

“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,” said Cricket Australia physiotherapist David Beakley.

“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.”

Starc’s absence would be a huge blow to Australia, who have never won the ICC World T20.

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