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. 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.

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. “Unfortunately, it was a training accident that should have been avoided,” Starc told Cricket Australia’s official website on Thursday.

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. 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.

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. The left-armer was Australia’s leading bowler on the recent tour of Sri Lanka, taking 24 wickets at 15.16 in the 3-0 Test series defeat.