Mitchell Starc says he will have recovered from surgery in time for the Ashes
Australian seamer Mitchell Starc says there is no doubt he will be fit for this summer's Ashes series in England.
Last Updated: 21/03/13 7:40am
The left-arm paceman has flown home from the tour of India following the third Test defeat in Mohali, having decided to bring forward an operation on his ankle.
However, when asked if there was any chance he will not have recovered in time for the five-Test Ashes showdown, which gets underway on 10 July, Starc said: "Not at all.
"I had to come home now to get it (surgery) done ASAP, and, from the timeline that we've spoken about, as long as there's no complications, then there's no reason why I wouldn't be 100 per cent for the Ashes."
The 23-year-old has experience of English conditions from his time with Yorkshire and says he may even be able to participate in the ICC Champions Trophy in June.
"I guess it all depends on how the surgery goes," he said. "As long as there's no infection and no complications, and I heal very well, I'm still a chance at the Champions Trophy."
Starc added that he was aware of the issue in late December but considered trying to make it through the England tour, before eventually opting for the surgery.
"We sort of knew there was something there when we had scans done around the Boxing Day Test," he said.
"If given the choice, I'm pretty confident I could have bowled through the pain through England, but it's just something that could go at any time."