The former legendary Australian spinner Shane Warne has dropped Mitchell Starc from his playing XI for the Ashes 2019 series. Starc hasn’t been in the best of forms in the recent past and has looked pale in his bowling. Starc could only take 13 wickets in the four-match series against India and could not deliver the goods.
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In fact, Starc hasn’t been able to create the kind of impact he is expected to make. Starc can be lethal with his pace and hits the nail on the head with his yorkers. However, it wasn’t to be the case in the series against India.
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Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc hasn’t been to able to get rid of the top-order batsmen. He is averaging around 50 while bowling against the top order batsmen. However, Starc has been able to remove the tail of the opposition.
“I’ve dropped Mitchell Starc,” Warne confirmed to Fox Cricket.
“I think he is still the best bowler if he is fit and bowling well, but I don’t think he has bowled well for a long period of time.
“The stats back that up against the top six batsmen he is averaging around 50.”
On the other hand, Shane Warne believes James Pattinson will be lethal in the English conditions. Pattinson has been troubled by a shoulder injury and has recently made a comeback in the BBL.
“Pattinson in English conditions will bowl well,” Warne said.
“His variety will make him a very handy bowler in English conditions with the Duke ball.”
Furthermore, Shane Warne feels Marcus Stoinis should get his chance in the Australian squad. The Aussie all-rounder has scored some runs in the domestic circuit and should be given his chance in the team.
“Stoinis I think deserves a chance,” Warne said.
“He has made some runs in all forms this year and he brings something to the table and he has a bit of an X-factor about him.
“I think he can take some handy wickets over there.”
Mitchell Starc will like to get better as his form has dipped in the recent past. Starc holds the key for the Australian team and would like to roar back in style.