Agence France-PresseMarch 18, 2013 23:15
Australian pace bowler Mitchell Starc will have surgery later this week on an ankle injury as he races the clock to be fit for the Ashes series against England, Cricket Australia said Tuesday.
The left-armer will return from the team's tour of India early, missing the fourth Test, for the operation.
Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said Starc, who has taken 30 wickets in his nine-Test career, would have bone spurs on his right ankle removed.
"Mitch will have surgery later this week and we'll assess his recovery as he returns to bowling," he said in a statement.