Hours after Mitchell Starc received Australia’s Test Player Of The Year award, the left-arm pacer talked about his plans to dismantle the Indian batting line-up in their own backyard, next month.
Coming fresh from the Test series against Pakistan at home, Starc said he wants to follow the blueprint of his performance he produced in Sri Lanka last year. He bowled some tidy line and lengths throughout the three-Test series in Lanka, which saw him bagging 24 wickets in total. The tally, although, looked all the more impressing, given the conditions weren’t pace friendly.
“Looking back to Sri Lanka, I guess that’s a blueprint that I’d like to take into India, and the way I approached my bowling there and the plans we talked about in those conditions.”
Looking forward to the upcoming four Test matches in India, Starc said conditions might be a bit different than that in Sri Lanka, but it won’t stop him to persist with his attacking approach to get on the top of batsmen over there.
“The wickets are probably going to be different again to Sri Lanka but, at the same time, I was able to take wickets in conditions that probably favoured spin more than pace. It’s something I can probably look back on in my approach to the upcoming India series.”
Taking the dry conditions in India in consideration, Starc said wickets would be hard to extract for pacers. Adding that SG ball won’t swing for longer duration, he feels, seamers will have to rely a lot on lateral movement to find success. He said, ‘It’s key to try and get that ball swinging naturally as much as we can up front. It doesn’t generally swing for too many overs, and then trying to get that ball to go reverse while it’s still relatively hard.’
Starc was blunt in admitting they all (Starc, Bird and Hazlewood) did sit down as a unit and had a talk about how to succeed in those conditions. He feels the ODI series against New Zealand would set the tone for the pacers heading into the big challenge in India.
“[They are] things that we’re starting to talk about now as a group. We’ve got a few one-dayers to go in Adelaide and then against New Zealand but at the back of our mind we’re starting to talk as a group, especially as bowlers, about the challenge that lies ahead in India.”
Remembering Australia’s last tour to India, Starc said bowlers were taken for a ride and averaged above 50, which in any part of the world isn’t a decent number to look at. Also, Mitchell Starc will travel with the Australian team to New Zealand for Chappell-Hadlee series, starting January 30.