Published On: Tue, Jul 12th, 2016

Mitchell Starc can join the nation’s great seamers if fit



Mitchell Starc, an Australian paceman, can obtain 300 Test wickets and adhere the levels of the nation’s enormous seamers if he can remain fit for a long time, coach Darren Lehmann stated.

Left-armer Starc, who has 91 wickets from 25 matches, has put back the retired Mitchell Johnson as Australia’s pace lead but a string of foot wounds have muffled the 26-year-old’s production.

Following an extensive lay-off pursuing ankle surgery, Starc made a victorious revisit in the Caribbean for the one-day tournament in opposition to West Indies and South Africa previous month and will lead the assault for Australia’s three-Test tour of Sri Lanka.

Just four Australian seamers have broken the 300-wicket blot, with Glenn McGrath (563) topping the array ahead of Dennis Lillee (355), Johnson (313) and Brett Lee (310), but Lehmann added Starc had the excellence to connecting with the club.

“If he stays in the park, he could,” Lehmann stated in an interview on Tuesday.

He said that “He plays all formats — that is the hardest part for him. He continued “Managing him through that is going to be our challenge as a coaching staff and selection panel, and (for) high-priority Test tours, ODI tours, World Cups and all that … making sure he is fit and available for those.”

Starc got eight wickets in the Caribbean at a standard of 21.37 from his five matches and Lehmann was pleased with the comeback later than the Sydney-born seamer had his dwelling summer eradicated by wounds, compelling him to miss the World T20.

Lehmann stated that “Happy he got through … He said he was a little bit rusty early but felt better as the tournament went on. It’s a good sign,”

He further added, “For us, it was a pretty good tick-the-box exercise where he got through and we’re looking forward to the next phase of Test cricket.”

Australia performs the initial test in opposition to Sri Lanka at Pallekele on July 26 and Lehmann stated he thought Starc’s reverse swing would be stating all through the succession.

He stated that “He obviously has air speed, which is going to be important when the ball goes reverse. It’s important that we keep him fit and playing. We know how good he can be,”

“It’s all up to him. His ability to knock over good batsmen and also knock over the tail quite quickly, for us, that is a really important thing when you are trying to get 20 wickets in a space of time” continued Lehmann.


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Sidra Muntaha

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