Australia looks to unleash their Ashes fast bowling attack in a must-win game on Sunday in Sydney. The pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins have not played together since the fifth Magellan Ashes Test in Sydney. The Australian team management is taking a cautious approach ahead of the all-important South Africa series.
Hazlewood was rested for the first ODI in Melbourne before coming ill for the second game, while Cummins was given off in the second ODI. But in a must-win encounter, the duo is expected to join Starc and inflict the same damage they caused during the Ashes.
Starc said he is aiming to play all five matches despite having battled a heel injury.
“I’m alright. Still, three more ODIs to go and I’m planning to be available for all three. So we’ll see how we go and just keep managing things and play it by ear and the medical staff and the selectors will be on the same page,” Starc said.
Starc has picked six wickets in this series so far but is honest to admit he was leaking runs with the new ball, and he needs to stand up as a senior player.
“I’ve been pretty poor if I’m honest with the new ball. Leaking a few runs (but) still able to take a few wickets but I think it’s one thing we’ve mentioned as a group is our new ball bowling been pretty poor of late. Me as a senior player I’ve got to step up,” Starc added further.
Admitting England top-order comes hard at the new ball, Starc revealed they would look to get a good start with his partners back.
“If the two big guys (Hazlewood and Cummins) come back tomorrow it’s important for us to start really well with the ball against a pretty aggressive line-up,” Starc stated.
Australia has just won one match out of the last ten ODIs, but Starc feels it comes down to each player executing their plans.
“It’s about doing the basics and the execution right. We’ve definitely got the personnel and the talent to do it, just that execution part with this group at the moment,” Starc concluded.
Wicket-keeper Tim Paine, who missed the last ODI is likely to resume his spot from debutant Alex Carey in Sydney.
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