Australian paceman Mitchell Starc would have an essential role to play if they are to defeat the Indian team in the Test series Down Under later this year. As such, the left-arm speedster had his say on a pink-ball fixture in one of the four Tests for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, Cricket Australia has offered a 9/10 possibility for the rubber to take place.
The BCCI refused for their team to partake in a day-night Test during India’s tour of Australia in 2018-19. However, the present BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has agreed for a pink-ball match in the upcoming four-Test series. The tourists recorded their first-ever series victory down under the previous time.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc entirely backs the idea of a day-night Test in Australia in the forthcoming series. Starc reckons that there is an even contest with the bat and ball in such fixtures. He went on to acknowledge that while India wouldn’t be uncomfortable playing it, they hold an edge in pink-ball Tests at their backyard.
The Aussies have an unbeaten record in day-night Tests, having won all seven of them. Mitchell Starc, who is one of the deadliest bowlers today, has the highest number of wickets in such matches. He has 42 wickets at an average of 19.23.
“I think absolutely a pink ball Test in this series against India is a great thing. The fans love it, it creates a different aspect of the contest. I think bat and ball are a lot closer together. India have obviously played a pink ball Test at home so they’re not completely foreign to it. I guess in terms of the advantage if you like, we do have a good record at home with the pink ball. It’s no different to us going to India and they’ve got the advantage there.” the New South Wales bowler said as quoted by India Today.
Mitchell Starc concerned with the potential prohibition of saliva to shine the ball:
One of the most crucial aspects since the past few days that has come under discussion is abandoning saliva to shine the ball. The ongoing health crisis around the globe has provoked the ICC to recommend its ban for the disease can easily spread through it.
Though it is being viewed as a temporary measure, the 30-year old believes that youngsters in Australia wouldn’t want to take up fast bowling due to the lifeless pitches since a couple of years. With potentially banning saliva as well, bowlers need some assistance to keep the contests in balance.
“Kids aren’t going to want to be bowlers because as we saw in Australia over the last couple of years, there were some pretty flat wickets and if that ball’s going straight, it’s a pretty boring contest.” Mitchell Starc added.