England may have a sigh of relief in the third test match starting on 26th December in Melbourne as Mitchell Starc may not take the field as the fast bowler looked in discomfort during the last two days of the match. Starc sustained in what looks like a niggle in the lower back while batting in the second innings. Starc claimed 6 wickets in the match and helped the Australians take 2- 0 lead in the ongoing Ashes.
Cricket Australia confirmed that Boland has been training with the team while the medical wing will monitor the fast bowling group after their victory in Adelaide. Boland was contacted by George Bailey couple of months ago, and was told ‘to keep taking wickets’.
Scott Boland has been the key figure for Victoria and his performance over the last two years have helped them to win the Shield trophy twice in a row. According to Peter Handscomb, “He has been doing this for five, six years”.
Australia had to miss out on the services of Josh Hazelwood and Pat Cummins in the second test match due to injury and Covid scare respectively. Starc has had a phenomenal starting this Ashes when he bowled Rory Burns on the very first ball of the 1st test. The pacer has taken 9 wickets so far and hurt Joe Root at his unmentionable which with his 137 kmph seaming in delivery from round the stumps.
Amidst heavy consideration to the rising cases in Victoria and New South Wales, both teams will now have to abide by Level 4 restrictions. Activities such as public gymming, haircuts and signing autographs and selfies will not be allowed for the remainder of the Ashes.
Even if the likes of Starc will miss the third test, England will have no easy task in facing the likes of Cummins, Hazelwood and all-rounder Cameron Green who troubled the batsman and has taken 5 wickets so far in the series.