Ranchi, March 10: Australia's premier pacer Mitchell Starc suffered a stress fracture in his right foot, ruling him out of the remaining two Tests against India, dealing a major blow to the visiting team's fortunes.
Starc contributed significantly with both his bat and ball in the opening two Tests, picking up five wickets besides scoring a crucial half century on a rank turner in Pune.
“Mitchell experienced some pain in his right foot during the second Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped,” said team physiotherapist David Beakley.
“We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture. Subsequently, Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation,” he added.
Starc is another player added to the injury list after all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out of the series with a shoulder injury. Starc's replacement has not been named yet though Jackson Bird is the reserve fast bowler in the Australian squad.
The four-match Test series between India and Australia has been fiercely contested so far with India winning the second Test in Bengaluru to draw level at 1-1. Both the sides have been fighting tooth and nail to prevail against each other and prove their supremacy.
The third Test in Ranchi begins on March 16.