Starc says leg slashed to bone in grisly accident

Agence France-Presse . Sydney

Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc said he could see all the way to the bone as he detailed the gruesome extent of his leg lacerations after a freak training accident.
Starc, 26, suffered deep cuts after colliding with training equipment at a Sydney ground earlier this month and needed nearly three dozen stitches to his left leg.
The left-arm pace spearhead sustained two gashes just below his knee and was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to repair the damage.
‘Unfortunately, it was a training accident that should have been avoided,’ Starc told Cricket Australia’s official website on Thursday.
‘We were doing high catching out of a ball machine and unfortunately I slid into the metal plate at the base of the stumps.
‘In the process it took some large chunks out of my leg and needed about 30-35 stitches.’
Starc — who took the catch, despite the collision — was cleared of any structural knee damage and has been wearing a restrictive leg brace during his recovery.
‘I looked down and there’s a big hole in the pants, (I) saw a flap of skin and threw my hand on it to try and stop anything that was going on. I couldn’t see much,’ he said of the mishap.
‘I didn’t quite know the extent until I was in the back of the ambulance when the doctor was explaining how bad it was.
‘You (could) see a couple of bones. I didn’t want to look at it at all. They numbed it pretty quickly so I couldn’t feel too much.’
But Starc also said his recovery was on track and he was working towards playing in Australia’s first Test against South Africa in Perth, starting on November 3.
His first target is to play for New South Wales in their opening Sheffield Shield match against, starting on October 25 under lights at Brisbane’s Gabba ground.

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