After a forgettable T20 World Cup in India, Australia are now getting ready for their next adventure in the Caribbean next month.
The winners of the 2015 World Cup will travel to West Indies for a triangular series also involving South Africa and were handed some great news after it was revealed that star bowler Mitchell Starc is fit again and back in action.
Mitchell Starc, who picked up a nasty foot injury during the day-night test match against Adelaide late last year underwent a surgery to his troublesome right ankle. He is now fully fit and bowled with his full fierce run-up according to a recent report.
It was revealed that Test opener Joe Burns was the first person to face Starc in the nets after recovery and he had a glowing review of the fast bowler in a recent interview.
The opener who already took a bruise or two from the left arm pacer was quick to admit that Starc is nearing his best and said, “He’s bowling very fast, very accurately and swinging it.”
“I think he’s bowling close to his best,” he added talking to a sports website in Australia.
He went on to explain that Starc, who is regarded as one of the best fast bowlers of the current generation is now back to full fitness and is reaching express speeds even in practice sessions.
“There were some very scary days facing him, but it’s just great to see him back on the park and bowling express speeds,” Burns said.
The only criticism of the 26-year old has been his performances or the lack of them on wickets that do not suit quick bowlers.
Like he showed in the recent series in India, Starc is not at his best in sub-continent pitches and with the Caribbean promising to provide similar pitches, it is understood that Starc is now practicing on the purpose-designed ‘spin’ wicket recently installed at the NCC to replicate conditions for not just the Caribbean but also for the series against Sri Lanka later in the year.
Joe Burns, however, felt that Starc had his own armory to get the best out of un-friendly wickets and that he has been practicing very hard to do so.
He said, “He’s got that ability with the new ball to almost skid it off the lower wickets as well.”
“So he’s still as challenging in those (sub-continental) conditions as he is on the Australian wickets I reckon,” Burns added.