After recovering from a severe ankle injury that kept him out from the game for six months, Australian pacer Mitchell Starc is raring to make a comeback to the longest format of the game.  He has already made his comeback to the One-day International during the tri-series in the Caribbeans and is now expected to play in the first Test against Sri Lanka which begins on July 26.

Talking to the media, the pacer said that the Australian team would look to pile more pressure on Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, who is under immense pressure after  a winless tour of England.
“He’s been fantastic as a captain and led from the front as well, so no doubt we’ll put a lot of pressure on Angelo to perform. He’s got to lead as captain, so he’ll be a big wicket for us along with [Dinesh] Chandimal. For their bowlers [Rangana] Herath is the most experienced one and one that we’ll try and counter.”

He also expressed his relief over the fact that the Sri Lankan side will be without  Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“It’s fantastic to not see the three big names line up against us,” Starc said. “There were a few tough moments with those experienced batsmen in the line-up. They’re obviously a bit light on [experience] in the Sri Lankan team. They are coming off a series defeat in England, but back in their home conditions, they know it best and they’ll be up for a fight.

“We’ll have to be at our best, but at the same time if we can make some early inroads and expose that inexperience, we’ve definitely got a fantastic bowling line-up to go through them.”

On his experience of working with  South African legend Allan Donald, who is Australia’s interim bowling coach for the Sri Lankan tour, Starc said:”I’ve been fortunate enough to work with Allan Donald through the IPL with (Royal Challengers) Bangalore for a couple of years. So I know AD maybe a bit better than some of the other bowlers but he’s been great.

“Speaking to him as a group when we first got to Sri Lanka he’s toured here maybe five or six times, more than any of the other bowlers,” he added. “So it’s great to get his thoughts on reverse swing, swinging the new ball, maybe some of the ways the Sri Lankan players have played in the past.”

    An avid sports lover, i always wanted to pursue a career in football. But just like the millions out there i did not put in the hard work needed to achieve my dream and now i have become a fan instead of the player. Anyway, writing for sports has kept me closer to this field. One more thing, yours sincerely is a die-hard Liverpool fan. You will never walk alone.

    Related Posts

    Here’s The Daily Sports Round Up From Around The Globe On 19th October, 2017

    Here is Sportzwiki’s daily news round-up, featuring top sports news from around the world, on 19th October 2017. Here’s all the news from sporting...

    David Warner Reveals Why He Asked Rohit Sharma To Talk English

    Three years after being involved in a heated exchange with Rohit Sharma, Australia's star David Warner has revealed why he told the India opener to...

    SA vs BAN 2nd ODI: Every Team Lacks An AB de Villiers: Mashrafe Mortaza

    If Bangladesh were hoping for a respite in the third One-Day International against South Africa on Wednesday (October 18) after being thoroughly outplayed in the...

    South Africa Vs Bangladesh 2017: AB De Villiers Is A Destroyer – Mashrafe Mortaza

    Doubting champions is never the sensible thing to do especially in a sport like cricket, which thrives on the brilliance of champions. One such...
    Smith Earns more than Kohli

    Revealed: Steve Smith Highest Earning Captain In International Cricket, Pips Virat Kohli

    Not only in the standard but there is also a huge pay disparity in the game as a detailed study by ESPNcricinfo has revealed Australia skipper...