Ankle surgery set to keep Mitchell Starc out of World T20

Melbourne:Dec 10;Australian left-arm quick Mitchell Starc has decided to undergo surgery on his ankle and is likely to miss the World Twenty20 in India early next year, Cricket Australia said on Thursday.

Starc has long suffered from bone spurs in his right ankle and decided to take the opportunity to have an operation to resolve the problem while sidelined by a foot injury sustained against New Zealand.

"Mitchell met with specialists late last week to get an opinion on his recent foot injury and ongoing right ankle impingement," the team physiotherapist David Beakley said in a news release.

"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.

"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 had established himself as Australia's test spearhead this year but has long been one of their biggest bowling threats in the shorter formats of the game.

The sixth World Twenty20 takes place in India from March 11 to April 3. Australia have never won the trophy, their best finish being in 2010 when they were beaten by England in the final.

Federer eyes final Halle Open berth

Halle : World number one Roger Federer will aim to book his place in the finals of the ongoing Halle Open, when he squares off with Denis Kudla of Ame...

Chandimal to miss Barbados Test after ball-tampering appeal rejected

Dubai : Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal is all set to miss his side's day-night Test match against West Indies in Barbados after Judicial Commissio...

Germany face tough Sweden challenge in FIFA WC

Mumbai : Defending champions Germany will look to shake off their disappointing start to the FIFA World Cup, when they take on 24th ranked Sweden in G...

Kohli & Co. depart for Ireland, England tour

New Delhi : The Indian men's cricket team left for the upcoming two-month long tour, featuring series against Ireland and England, from the Indira Gan...