Mitchell Starc ruled out of series due to injury


Australia lost Mitchell Marsh on Wednesday when he returned home because of an ongoing shoulder problem.

The paceman was sent for scans which showed a stress fracture and he is now out of the final two Tests. His place was taken by Marcus Stoinis who will fly to India soon.

Team physiotherapist David Beakley said that the pain in Starc's foot "had not subsided" in the three days since the conclusion of the Test.

"At this stage no replacement has been named for Starc, with Tasmania's Jackson Bird the reserve fast bowler in the touring party", said Cricket Australia. Ever since Mitchell Johnson's departure, Starc has managed to spearhead Australia's fast bowling arsenal in all three formats, probing the batsmen with his disconcerting pace and late swing. After his 61 in the first innings of the Pune Test turned the tide in Australia's favour, he dismissed Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli in successive deliveries to give the visitors a stronghold of the Test.

This isn't the first time Starc has been ruled out with a stress fracture. He was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the summer and World T20 the next year.

Australia have suffered a massive blow ahead of the third Test against India in Ranchi. The series now sits 1-1 with India winning the second Test by 75 runs in Bangalore.