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    Australia’s cupboard is full of fast bowlers, says Mitchell Starc

    Left out, rotated, overlooked, rested . . . plain old dropped: this was a familiar cycle as far as Mitchell Starc was concerned through the first four years of his international career. By the time he reached his 16th Test the left-arm quick had missed a match immediately after playing one on 11 occasions, having never stitched three together on the trot. One of those omissions was at Lord’s in 2013, switched out for Ryan Harris. But in the 36 Tests that have followed since Australia’s visit here in 2015, the opposite has been true: Starc the clear attack leader. Sure, he has missed plenty of Tests through injury in that period but never due to selection.

    With this in mind, that Starc did not feature in last week’s Ashes opener at Edgbaston was the result of a big decision. It was quirky, too, given that in his most recent outing in February he took a neat 10-for-100 against Sri Lanka. But being the senior quick with 211 Test wickets – on the back of a World Cup where he had claimed 26 scalps – was not enough to save him from the new philosophical approach based primarily around team balance and governed by assessing conditions from venue to venue.

    Neither Justin Langer nor Tim Paine was shy about this in the lead-up to the first Test, the latter stating that he saw Starc and James Pattinson as playing a “similar role”, clarifying that he wanted his attack to “complement each other” in a way that was not so the last time the Ashes were played for in this country. For Pattinson’s part, he said this week that, if he were to feature in either of the next two Tests, he would be content, given his own history with chronic back injuries.

    Whether or not that opens the door for Starc at Lord’s is yet to be seen. But when speaking for the first time since carrying the drinks at Birmingham (or, rather, organising Steve Smith’s batting gloves), he showed no public sign of dissatisfaction about his current situation. “Everyone prefers to play but it’s pretty exciting that the cupboard is full of fast bowlers,” he said before hitting the road for London. “It’s awesome to see Jimmy Pattinson back after what he’s been through, and similarly Pat Cummins previously.”

    He added: “We’re really close mates. So having that competition there whether it be Josh [Hazlewood] and I playing or a different two playing, it is a squad mentality. We’re here to win the Ashes. We’re not 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 Tests, it’s exciting.”

    In 2015 it was Hazlewood, along with Mitchell Johnson, who did the bulk of the damage at Lord’s in a thumping 405-run victory – yet Starc was important too, in both innings making the early initial incision. Four years on he says he does not remember much about that experience, other than the lunch. But fresh in his memory more recently, this was the ground where during the World Cup he routed England then New Zealand with five-wicket bags in the space of five days.

    “I don’t know if you’ve been talking to JL [Langer] or not,” Starc laughed when asked if he will get his opportunity at headquarters on Wednesday. “The boys did really well at Edgbaston. If called up at Lord’s I’m ready to go as well. We’re not sure what the conditions are going to be but, if it’s anything like that Irish Test, it’s perfect for us bowlers.” The 29-year-old also mentioned that he is fully fit after the rigours of a taxing white-ball campaign earlier in the summer.

    Instructively Starc appreciates that it is controlling the Duke ball in England where he has fallen short on his two previous Ashes visits. “That is a balance that I’ve slowly gotten better at playing through 2013 and 2015,” he said. “I’ve been conscious of that and trying to build pressure from both ends. I think we’ve got an attack that does different things and builds pressure in different ways.” That was evident in patches at Worcester but he did fail to wipe away the lower order of the county side, in the way he has such a reputation for, with his pace and swing.

    Even though Starc’s place at the top of the Australian pecking order is not so clear any more for this series, there is little doubt he will eventually be called on. It is anyone’s guess what an unexpected spell out of the side will do when that time comes but it will be fun to find out.

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    Australia on a high but Archer can easily change the balance of power in 1-2 overs.


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    Starc is not wrong.

    Aussies have always produced great fast bowlers. Fast bowling is their #1 strength.


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    Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that Jofra Archer has the ability to put an end to Steve Smith's run-scoring spree.

    Archer, 24, is set to make his long-format debut at Lord's in the second Ashes Test, which begins on Wednesday, 14 August, after missing the series opener due to a side injury. He is likely to replace the injured James Anderson, having proven his fitness in a 2nd XI match for county side Sussex.

    Warne was of the opinion that Archer's experience of having played alongside Smith for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League will benefit him when he tackles the star batsman. "Steve [Smith] has been the star of the show so far, but now we have Jofra joining his Royals [and England] team-mates Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler," Warne said.

    Smith, who returned to Test cricket after a year-long ban, made 144 and 142 in the opening Ashes Test and was the chief architect of Australia's 251-run win over the hosts at Edgbaston. Although Warne wants Smith to keep performing with the same intensity for the rest of the series, he expressed concern about his chances against Archer.

    "Obviously, I would love to see Steve go on and score a hundred in every single innings for the rest of the Ashes, but with Jofra coming in, I think he'll be set to face his biggest challenge yet, and this could make the difference in the upcoming Tests.

    "No one likes to face tall 90-mph bowlers. The loss of Anderson was such a blow for England, and they will really need Jofra to step up, but I think he has all the attributes to do just that. They [Archer and Smith] will have faced each other a lot in the nets, so if anyone will have a plan, it will be Jofra."

    Archer, for his part, said that he had not spent a lot of time monitoring Smith in the IPL, but did acknowledge that he is likely to have picked up a few things about the batsman from sharing the dressing room with him.

    "To be honest, I didn't bowl at him much," he said. "A lot of the guys probably don't want to face me or [West Indies fast bowler] Oshane Thomas in the nets. But when you play with them, you pick up on things you won't normally notice when you're just playing against them."

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    Big test coming up for Australia. If they win here, England will have a near impossible task at hand.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Big test coming up for Australia. If they win here, England will have a near impossible task at hand.
    Have you seen the forecast?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Australia on a high but Archer can easily change the balance of power in 1-2 overs.
    Archer has to be the most overrated test bowler ever...all without ever bowling a single over in test cricket. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torborg View Post
    Archer has to be the most overrated test bowler ever...all without ever bowling a single over in test cricket. Lol
    The beauty of hype.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Majestic_Inzi View Post
    Have you seen the forecast?
    Yes there is rain but could well be enough time for a result.


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    Australia,England and South Africa will always produce top class bowlers.This is due to their domestic structures,pitches and physique of bowlers.Pakistan's system destroyes our bowlers through injuries.Mohammad Zahid was faster than Akhtar but his career ended due to injury.PCB did't look after him.Many other youngsters are never selected due to nepotism in PCB

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Yes there is rain but could well be enough time for a result.
    I hope the wicket is same as eng played with Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artaxerxes View Post
    Australia,England and South Africa will always produce top class bowlers.This is due to their domestic structures,pitches and physique of bowlers.Pakistan's system destroyes our bowlers through injuries.Mohammad Zahid was faster than Akhtar but his career ended due to injury.PCB did't look after him.Many other youngsters are never selected due to nepotism in PCB
    England?no. s.africa and Aussies yes. pakistan will always produce great bowlers. it's up to management to pick them.


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