Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc was full of praise for fellow left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff, who picked up career-best figures of 5/44 in Australia’s thrashing of England by 64 runs at Lord’s.
The left-arm pace duo combined for nine wickets as England chasing 286 for a win were bundled for 221.
“He is done really great today. He bowled beautifully, started really well in that first over,” Starc said on Behrendorff. “I guess we spoke about it as a group that left-arm would probably be a good match-up so to get us underway the way he did and bowl ten beautiful overs was fantastic for him and the group.”
They next play New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday (June 29) and Starc said currently he was just looking forward to that game.
“Two very important games us coming up. We play New Zealand, who are sort of going under the radar and are building nicely. They haven’t lost a game and we know how good a side they are, especially in tournament play,” Starc remarked.
“To play against them at Lord’s will be a big match-up for us. We always speak about building upto to your best cricket towards the back end. Hopefully we are getting there, we are improving every game, which is fantastic especially after that Indian game. We are still looking for that complete performance but the group has got smiles on their faces we are building nicely.”