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Australia get big Ashes boost with Mitchell Starc

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Assistant coach, David Saker, has given Australia a huge boost ahead of this winter's Ashes by confirming Mitchell Starc will play in first-class cricket in the run-up to November's first Test against England.

Starc has been out since June with a recurring foot injury which flared up during the Champions Trophy. 

But the fast-bowler is set to return and will play a one-day game for New South Wales this Friday against rivals South Australia at the Hurstville Oval. 

Furthermore, Josh Hazlewood and fellow fast-bowler Pat Cummins, also expected to be in Australia's will return to feature in the upcoming T20 internationals in India.

Speaking to the press ahead of Friday's match, Saker said: "Whether the fast bowlers play all three of those we'll wait and see," as per The Telegraph.

However, it is not clear if Victorian bowler James Pattinson will recover in time.

But Saker still struck a decidedly confident tone. He added: "Three Shield games to shape the Australian team – it's going to be good for everybody. Josh Hazlewood is on track to play the first test. Mitchell Starc's going really well and Patty's obviously flying." 

Starc predicts a repeat of 2013-14 when Mitchell Johnson led Australia's fast-bowlers to inflict carnage on the England batsmen. The left-armer finished with 37 wickets from five tests after dazzling the tourists with his speed and aggression.

The 27-year old Starc told journalists: "We've got a really solid attack and we complement each other. If it's not me, you've got Pat Cummins who can bowl fast bouncers and Josh Hazlewood bowling consistent line and length. 

"It'll be much like that attack did when Johnno (Johnson) took all those wickets, I think we complement each other really well."

Although it's been two years since Starc played in a one-day game for New South Wales, the Sydney native took 26 wickets across six matches in his last run of domestic games.

The five-Test Ashes series against England begins in Brisbane November 23.

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