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Aussie hopes rest on Starc's return

21 October 2016 - 09:41 By TELFORD VICE

If Dean Elgar didn't know there was more interest in Mitchell Starc's return in the Test series between Australia and South Africa next month than his own comeback, he does now. What, Elgar was asked at a press conference in Adelaide yesterday, was the reason for the strapping he wore around his ankle?"I rolled my ankle the day before the second Test against New Zealand; this is a precaution," Elgar said.The South African opening batsman might have been miffed. Or he might have been quietly relieved that they didn't seem to know he had hurt himself when he stepped onto the boundary rope at Centurion on August 26, which ruled him out for a month.So, came the question, what did he think of Starc?"Starc's stats speak for themselves, he is a massive asset for the Australians."I have never faced Starc, so for me it's a totally new encounter but a very exciting one."Starc and Josh Hazlewood were rested for Australia's one-day series in South Africa earlier this month, which led some to doubt whether South Africa's 5-0 win should be recognised as an unmitigated triumph. - TMG Digital..

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