Josh Hazlewood and I Have to Work Harder to Get Back: Mitchell Starc

Written by N Krishnamurthy

Australia’s strength in pace makes Mitchell Starc believe that he and fellow quick Josh Hazlewood will have to work harder to break into the playing XI in the ongoing Ashes series against England. Left-arm quick Starc finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 50-overs World Cup last month but was overlooked, along with Hazlewood, for the Ashes opener in Edgbaston which Australia won by 251 runs.

“We’re here to win the Ashes,” said Starc, who took 10 wickets in the last test he played, against Sri Lanka in February at Canberra.

“We’re not just here to make it on the park. We want to win this Ashes.

“Whether that’s a different bowling attack each game, or the same through five Test matches, it’s pretty exciting.”

Starc said Australia have acquired an all-surface pace attack, complimented by off-spinner Nathan Lyon who ran through England’s second innings at Edgbaston.

“We’ve got a couple of a bit more aggressive guys, a couple of holders there that build pressure and take wickets that way and a couple of guys that are probably a hybrid of both,” Starc explained.

“We’re quite a well-rounded attack and then you throw in Nathan Lyon, who just knows how to get it done in all conditions.

“We’re prepared for all conditions whether it be flat, green, seaming, swinging, slow, fast.”


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