Ranchi, March 10: Australia have been dealt a huge blow as left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc was ruled out of the remainder of the India Test series due to a fractured foot.
On Friday (March 10), it was confirmed that Starc will fly home to Australia due to foot injury. The 4-Test rubber is level at 1-1 and the 3rd Test starts in Ranchi on March 16.
"Mitchell (Starc) experienced some pain in his right foot during the 2nd Test in Bangalore which unfortunately had not subsided a few days after the Test as we had hoped," said team physiotherapist David Beakley. (DRS issue resolved)
"We made the decision to scan his foot in Bangalore this morning and unfortunately it has revealed a stress fracture.
"Subsequently, this means Mitchell will be unavailable for the remainder of the Qantas Tour of India and will return home to Australia to start his rehabilitation," he added.
Australia won the first Test in Pune by 333 runs but India bounced back in Bengaluru to claim the match by 75 runs.
The 27-year-old Starc played a major part in Australia's win in Pune. He scored crucial 61 runs in the 1st innings and dismissed India captain Virat Kohli for a 2-ball duck.
This is the second injury blow for Australia as earlier all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was ruled out due to shoulder injury.
The ongoing Test series between the sides has had its share of controversies with Decision Review System (DRS). Kohli had blasted Australian skipper Steve Smith for trying to "cheat" while using DRS in Bengaluru Test.