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Australia-Sri Lanka series

Smith confirmed for the first Test, Starc doubtful





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Australia batter Steve Smith will be available for the first Test match against Sri Lanka starting on June 29 at the Galle.

However, fast-bowler Mitchell Starc needs to get through a crucial net session to confirm his availability.

“If we were still playing one-day cricket I would be touch and go, but in Test cricket, I will be fine. Test cricket is a bit easier (on the quad)," 

"I field in the slips, won’t be doing a great deal of running around in the field. And then in these conditions, there’s not a lot of hard running. They usually have a few sweepers and it’s four or one quite often. So there’s not a heap of hard running,” said Smith

Starc said that if the seam of the ball was to reopen his finger injury during the training session then he won’t play.

“I like my standard preparations. As cautious as that would be, I want to get the work done. We have tried to give it as long as we could because it is in probably the worst spot. It’s where the ball comes off last,” said Starc.