The Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc Says England Bowlers Will Struggle With the Kookaburra Ball
The Ashes is less than a month away, but Australia’s woes on who their wicket-keeper will be in the series is not yet over. Australia has the likes of Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins who have the capability of touching 150 Km/hr on a consistent basis. Both the bowlers have already made their plans clear of unleashing a barrage of bouncers on the England batsmen. The Ashes is set to begin from 23rd November at Gabba in Brisbane, and the Australian coach cannot wait to unleash his plans and regain the Urn having lost it the last time they travelled away in 2015.
The Australian bowling attack which came to India was depleted due to injuries to their prime bowlers, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood. However, the injury woes seem to have ended as Starc made a successful comeback from a foot injury in the JLT Cup and Hazlewood is expected to return to action in the opening round match of the Sheffield Shield.
Australia’s prime fast bowler Mitchell Starc who made a fantastic comeback by picking up eight wickets in the opening game, says that the England bowlers will struggle in the upcoming Ashes series as they are used to playing with the Duke ball, and the series will be played with a Kookaburra.
“I think our squad has played enough over in England to know there’s a bit more grass on the wicket, a bit like it is out here, but this is a different cricket ball. They (England) haven’t played with a pink Kooka(burra) before, I think their pink Duke (brand ball) swung quite a bit which they won’t find with the pink Kookaburra. So for us, it’s probably an advantage to have a bit of pink ball cricket under our belts with a few seasons in the Shield and a couple of Test matches,” he said.
Australia and England will play a Day/Night Test which will be the first Day/Night Ashes Test scheduled to begin on December 2nd. Kookaburra has made some changes to the seam of the Pink ball and Starc believes that it would be difficult for the batters to score on the Adelaide pitch having played there last week:
“It (the Adelaide pitch) is probably going to be as much like a Test wicket as the one we played on this week. So batters are going to have find a way to score runs, and for bowlers it’s about bowling in good spots and trying to take as many wickets as quickly as we can.”
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