Mitchell Starc ruled out of the IPL with stress fracture to his leg

Bowler also misses final Test for Australia against South Africa, with Chadd Sayers replacing him

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29:  Mitchell Starc of Australia inspects the pitch during day four of the Fourth Test Match in the 2017/18 Ashes series between Australia and England at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 29, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the fourth test against South Africa and the upcoming Indian Premier League due to a stress fracture in his leg, Cricket Australia said on Friday.

His place in the team for the fourth test that started at the Wanderers on Friday was taken by Chadd Sayers.

Starc was due to play in the IPL for the Kolkata Knight Riders, who paid US$1.5 million in the player auction for the injury-plagued left-arm seamer, but he became the third Australian to be withdrawn from the tournament this week.


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