Australia paceman Mitchell Starc is hoping to be fit for his side's series against Pakistan in March.

Injured Starc eyeing March return


Injured paceman Mitchell Starc expects to be available for Australia's one-day international series against Pakistan next month.

Starc, 29, will miss his side's tour of India after suffering a torn pectoral muscle during the second Test against Sri Lanka earlier this month.

But the left-armer thinks he should be ready for the five-match ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates beginning March 22.

"UAE is around the 15th of March so if all goes to plan I should be pretty sweet to be available for that one," Starc told cricket.com.au.

"Obviously the boys go to India, hopefully it's a good tour for them there. I don't think I'll be ready for any stage of that.

"So it's up to the rehab group and the selectors and see how the rest of this summer goes."

Starc has played 75 ODIs for Australia, taking 145 wickets at an average of 21.44.



England strengthen grip on Test

England strengthen grip on second Test against New Zealand

Stuart Broad, Mark Stoneman and James Vincent impressed as England reached 202-3 at stumps on day three of the second Test on Sunday.


Warner is 'seriously struggling'

Warner 'seriously struggling' after ball-tampering scandal, says wife

Candice Warner has said she blames herself for her husband's part in the ball-tampering scandal during Australia's tour of South Africa.


Proteas make Australia suffer

Paine fights hard but Proteas leave Australia on the ropes

After opting not to enforce the follow-on, South Africa ended day three of the series finale against Australia with a mammoth 401-run lead.


Pakistan humiliate Windies

Pakistan humiliate shambolic Windies in Karachi

West Indies were dismissed for only 60, slumping to the second-biggest Twenty20 international defeat of all time against Pakistan.


Bad light halts England

Bad light halts England's pursuit of victory in Christchurch

Bad light was England's worst enemy as New Zealand made it to 42-0 at stumps on day four of the second Test, requiring 340 runs to win.