Mitchell Starc, the aggressive pacer of Australia, who had a wonderful spell of 4-42 against England, definitely deserves an appreciation for his contribution. However, Starc expects that Australia’s tri-series clash with India in Melbourne tomorrow will continue to be as fiery as the Test series left off. Owing to his impressive bowling spell, he was awarded Man of the match.

It is pertinent to add that the left-arm quick was reprimanded during the fourth Test in Sydney for a level one breach of the ICC code of conduct for an exaggerated celebration in the face of Murali Vijay after dismissing the Indian opener. Apparently not ready to budge, a reluctant Starc has again provoked emotions and predicted that fireworks between the two sides cannot be ruled out even in ODIs. He said, “It’s been a pretty intense Test series. Two great teams going hard at it and it will be much the same on Sunday.”

Pinpointing the possibilities, he stressed, “There will be two sets of guys doing their best to play their best and trying their hardest for their countries. It was a fantastic Test series to watch and to be a part of and it will be no different on Sunday.”

Incidentally, Starc’s four-wicket haul against England took him past the 50 mark in his 29th one-day international and he’s averaging an impressive 21.58 in the ODIs. However, his five-day bowling profile in 29 innings is not very shining at an average of 35.44.

The best development which impressed me on a personal note was the fact that this 24-year-old was publicly criticised by Shane Warne during the India- Australia series and he admits Starc needs to transfer his one-day form to Test matches more consistently.

Admitting this he said, “I think in recent times I know my one-day and Twenty-20 game and know what I need to do for the team. I guess it comes back to that confidence thing and I showed against England why I like to taking the new ball. But I want to play as often as I can for Australia and if I keep bowling fast I know I can take wickets in all forms of the game.”

However, it will be appropriate that the Indian batsmen like Kohli, Rohit and MS Dhoni give his bowling a befitted treatment during their encounter on Sunday, so that he will be forced to think twice before throwing challenges against India, especially in ODI format.

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