March 30, 2018 / 8:41 AM / 2 years ago

Cricket: Seamer Starc out of fourth test, IPL with stress fracture

Cricket - South Africa vs Australia - First Test Match - Kingsmead Stadium, Durban, South Africa - March 4, 2018. Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of South Africa's Keshav Maharaj. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - 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US$1.5 million in the player auction for the injury-plagued left-arm seamer, but he became the third Australian to be withdrawn from the tournament this week.

Steve Smith and David Warner had their IPL contracts torn up this week by the Rajasthan Royals and Hyderabad Sunrisers respectively after they were found guilty of ball tampering in the third test against South Africa at Newlands.

Reporting By Nick Said; Editing by Greg Stutchbury

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