Starc has heel bruise, still doubtful for 4th Ashes test

December 20, 2017
Australian players, from left to right, David Warner, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood and Steve Smith celebrate winning their Ashes cricket test match against England in Perth, Australia, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Australia won by an innings and 41 runs. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Scans on Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s right heel show only bruising, but the leading wicket-taker in the Ashes remains in doubt for the fourth test against England.

Cricket Australia said Wednesday that lefthander Starc, who sustained the injury on the fourth day of the Perth test where Australia regained the Ashes, would travel with the squad to Melbourne.

It also said Starc, who has taken 19 wickets in the series at an average of 21.05, would be re-assessed before the start of the match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Dec. 26.

Australia, which has won the first three matches of the five-match series, has placed bowler Jackson Bird on standby in its 13-man squad and did not release him to play Twenty20 cricket for the Sydney Sixers.