While the Australian batsmen have been reduced to a mere laughing stock, there has been one member within that Australian camp, who has delivered the most. Mitchell Starc can consider himself a tad unfortunate, as his heroic performances have all been in vain, in the ongoing test series against Sri Lanka. With the series already gone, Starc’s blitzkrieg could well save Australia from utter humiliation.
Allan Donald, the South African bowling legend and Australia’s current makeshift bowling coach, was in full awe of the pacer. Donald admitted that the way Starc was performing on dead and unresponsive pitches, he could well be destined for greatness. On a lifeless track at Galle, Starc took 11 wickets in the game as he bowled his heart out. Donald termed that performance as among the best he had seen in recent times.
“I think that’s probably the best I’ve seen,” Donald said on the first morning of the third test at Colombo. “In terms of sustainability and his pace was right up. I think his last wicket, the 11th wicket, was 148kph late in the day. Swinging it both ways. “That’s got to go down as probably the best I’ve seen.”
Donald also mentioned that Starc’s stamina deserved a lot of credit behind his success. “And a great credit to his stamina, his skill, and just being relentless all day.”He’s got the world at his feet, there’s no doubt. “I know that he’s a very humble bloke and he’s got that greatness written all over him. “It’s just a matter of keeping him fit and healthy for years to come,” said Donald.
“He’s a very highly skilled individual and he showed that in the 2015 World Cup,” he added. “He’s just a different animal with the ball in his hand.”New ball or old ball he’s ferocious and bowls 150 clicks with the new ball. “And we’ve seen what he’s done over here with RCB (IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore) in the Twenty20s when he bowls at the death – he’s hard to stop.”