Australia’s speedster Mitchell Starc doesn’t want to compromise on pace after coming back from the injury layoff. Starc will be leading the Australian attack once again in the two-match Test series against Pakistan. In fact, Starc is ready to carry a load of lone paceman in the absence of his partners Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins. Both these fast bowlers are recuperating from their respective injuries.
Thus, Starc has worked hard on his fitness to once again come up with his best. Starc has also worked on his action and has tried to make it better. Meanwhile, it is not going to be easy for Starc to straight away hit the ground running especially in the unfavourable conditions of the UAE.
Starc will return to action.
“I tried shortening my run-up a little bit (and) shortened my stride lengths to not be so long at the crease and be a little safer on my legs which I’ve had a few injuries with over the last few years. In fact, I didn’t really like the feel of that (the shorter run-up), it wasn’t really coming out very quickly so I quickly flicked (abandoned) that one.” and added, “I’d rather bowl fast and be in danger of injury than be safe and bowl slow. I have had a few little changes to make sure my stride length is a little shorter, but I’ve gone back to the old run up,” Mitchell Starc said while talking to cricket.com.au.
Starc went on add that he tried to alter little things in his action and tried to make it safer. The Australian pack leader said that he had a talk with the physios and trainers when he was out of action.
“I did tinker with a few things, not big changes. Just some little things to tidy up the action and try to make it a little safer. I had some good discussions with physios and fast bowling coaches during my time off with injury – just to try little things that might help me down the track.”
Starc had a fine series against Sri Lanka in 2016.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc had a sublime tour of Sri Lanka in 2016 in which he scalped 24 wickets in three Test matches. Thus, the southpaw pacer will like to replicate his performance.
“That Sri Lanka series is a blueprint I’d love to replicate and work off on any subcontinental tours,” he said and added, “It’s something I’ll probably look at and try to take little things out of to take into this series on the subcontinent with where and how I bowled – the lengths and some reverse swing.”
“In the UAE we’ll use the Kookaburra ball as we did in Sri Lanka – hopefully, we can get it moving around and I can get a few wickets and help the team out,” he concluded.
Australia will play two-match Test series against Pakistan in the UAE. The first Test match will commence from 7th October.