Clarke upbeat over Starc's fitness for second Ashes Test

2 years ago | 13-07-2015 | ANI

London, July 13 : Australia captain Michael Clarke has indicated that speed merchant Mitchell Starc has a good chance of playing in the second Ashes Test against England at Lord's, which starts on Thursday.

Starc suffered an ankle injury during the first Test in Cardiff last week and had to take pain-killing injections to bowl in the second innings.

The left armer claimed seven wickets and batted for almost an hour in the fourth innings of the 169-run defeat against England.

Reflecting on Starc's fitness, Clarke said that there have been a lot of positives that have come out of the last couple of days since he was cortisoned, and insisted that things are going really well, the BBC reported.

Clarke, who led Australia to their fifth World Cup title, said the positive side is the fact that Starc was able to bowl and do what was needed for the team, adding that the bowler ran between the wickets fine while batting in the second innings.