Starc showed his class against Pakistan as he finished as the leading wicket-taker in the series.
The recently concluded Test series against Pakistan proved that Australia is still one of the powerhouses in cricket. With their victory, they gained 120 ICC Test Championship points. They also saw their opener, David Warner, regain his form. Marnus Labuschagne made improvements in his game, too. But the most uplifting news is Mitchell Starc’s comeback as a proven Test bowler.
Prior to the Test series against Pakistan, Starc wasn’t having the best Test year. His performance wasn’t good enough that he was benched for the majority of the Ashes. However, in this series against Pakistan, Starc showed that he was one of the best bowlers by finishing as the leading wicket-taker including a six-for during the first innings of the day/night Test. While other people talked about his future in Test cricket, Starc himself wasn’t worried at all.
‘Playing a bit of Shield cricket and the T20s before the Pakistan series was the focus to begin with, and then to see how the Shield games played out and if I was selected in the Test squad, then go from there. It was never really a worry or a focus. I was just looking forward to playing some games for New South Wales and playing some white-ball cricket’, said Starc in an interview.
‘I still think it’s more like a white ball than a red ball, so that’s probably playing in my favour there. It still went soft for us on that wicket, as we saw through the early afternoon session to, where it didn’t move around much at all and the wicket was quite flat. When it’s going through those stages, it’s trying to control the scoreboard. We did that fairly well at times and then Yasir got away from us a fair bit’.
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