India vs Australia: Mitchell Starc to miss Delhi Test heads home for ankle surgery
"Cricket Australia today advises that Mitchell Starc will return to Australia later today to have surgery to remove the bone spurs on his right ankle," CA said in a statement.
The bowler picked just two wickets in the couple of matches he played in the series which Australia have already lost 0-3.
He did, however, shine with bat by scoring a personal best of 99 in the just-concluded third Test in Mohali. The fourth Test starts here on Friday.
"Mitch has been experiencing ankle pain related to bone spurs during the India Test series and whilst manageable, this
represents an appropriate time for Mitch to have the surgery
with a view to having him fully fit for the Ashes in late June," Australian Team Doctor Peter Brukner said.
"Mitch will have surgery later this week and we'll assess his recovery as he returns to bowling."
Australia coach Mickey Arthur said Starc could have played on despite injury but that would have aggravated the problem.
"We were aware that Mitch would need surgery at some point in the future to have the spurs removed. He could have continued playing but we want to take a proactive approach in
managing Mitch to have him fit for the Ashes Series in
"Our medical team will monitor his progress closely on whether he is available
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