Melbourne: Promising left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc has decided to pull out off the auction race for the sixth edition of the cash rich Indian Premier League.
Though Starc will not feature, some of his national teammates like captain Michael Clarke, opener David Warner, wicketkeeper Mathew Wade and recently retired Mike Hussey will be a part of it.
Starc will use that time during IPL to rest and do the pre-season training for Ashes. “I thought about it long and hard and had a chat with a few people and just figured that I've had a pretty big 18 months and I feel that my body just needs that time,” Starc said.
“The six weeks just to have a couple of weeks off, build myself back up in the gym, get some bowling under the belt and be raring to go if the chance comes to go to England.”
“My focus is playing for Australia and IPL can wait. For me, playing for Australia has always been the dream and I've got a chance to do that now. We've got a big 12 months coming and personally I'd rather take those six weeks to get myself ready for the winter over in England if I get the chance to go over there,” Starc added.
“I made the decision to go over to England last year to work on my game [with Yorkshire], and this year it's the smart option to take the six weeks to recuperate and get my body right and strong to go.”
“It’s all a personal choice, just my decision not to go,” Starc said. “I spoke to a few people, my manager, my girlfriend, a few people close to me and that was my decision. I've been going for 18 months straight now, pretty happy with how my body's going, and I've learned a lot in terms of my cricket,” he was further quoted as saying.
Wade, meanwhile, has recently returned to the Australia team following a post-Test break, and said his journey to the IPL was conditional on two things. First, he must be picked up in the auction, and second, he will have to decide how his body had stood up to the demands of keeping wickets over a rigorous Test series in India in the weeks before the event.
“If I get picked up and my body's 100% I'll play,” he said. “If I’m not 100% I’ll definitely pull out of the IPL to get myself up for the Australian tours coming up, which will be Champions Trophy or Ashes … if I feel good and like it's not going to harm me then I will play.”