Mitchell Starc has been an extremely vital cog for Australia in all forms of the game since the last few years. The fiery left-arm pacer was the driving force behind Australia’s victory in the 2015 World Cup. Even though Australia had a forgettable 2015 Ashes, Starc was among the leading wicket takers of the series and had a fine personal outing.
Thereby, it becomes quite important for the Kangaroos to manage Starc’s workload considering their upcoming tours in the near future. A few eyebrows were raised in the Caribbean when Starc was rested for Australia’s tri-series games recently. It was later admitted that Starc’s workload was being managed as the pacer was to be kept fresh for the tour of Sri Lanka. Starc though, was a bit frustrated to miss out on the games in the tri-series.
“It’s part of the plan, unfortunately,” Starc said. “Being fit, this time, around and watching from the side can be a little bit frustrating. But I’ve got to look at the bigger picture and there’s a lot to come in the next six months, so I’ll stick by the plan and stick by what the medicos tell me to do. I don’t have too much say in it. I want to play every game,” he said.
Opening about Australia’s upcoming tours and series’, Starc said, “The bigger picture is we have three Tests against Sri Lanka, a one-day series that follows that, a one-day series in South Africa and then we’ve got the home summer. It’s feeling really good, but I’ve just got to manage that at this point in time. That’s for the medicos to do and me to sit back, unfortunately.”
“I’m getting used to being told what to do,” Starc said. “It’d be really nice to play every single game, but the sheer amount of cricket we play these days, if you play every game, you’re going to break down at some point, so you have to be a little bit smarter about it. “At the moment, I’m feeling really good. I’m feeling strong and ready to go at every point. It’s about me getting right for the next game, and if that involves playing, that’s lovely. But if it means I have to rest or sit out here and there, I’ll have to cop that on the chin as well.”
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