After Australia’s dismal performance in the Ashes Tour of England, front-line bowler Mitchell Starc still believed that he and Mitchell Johnson can lead the bowling attack against New Zealand at Gabba in Brisbane, notes Cricketworld. However critics suggested that including both explosive bowlers in the starting XI could hamper the team balance and doubted whether the national selectors would choose both of them ahead of the test series starting next week.
Mitchell Starc hit prime form taking 26 wickets for the New South Wales Side as they clinched the Matador cup. After the win he stated, “It worked pretty well in the World Cup.” He felt that Johnson’s inclusion would give them a moral boost and he should be given a chance to hunt down the Kiwis.
“There’s times where that’s happened [runs leaking] in the past, but there’s times when it’s worked really well in tandem. I don’t think you can put it down to one series where you all of a sudden rule us both out of playing together again. So there’s times when it’s going to work and times when it’s not going to come off.”
Australia Cricket Coach Darren Lehmann fueled some interest in the debate and stated that the team should look to get the control back. Talking about team Leaders he said, “Make sure those blokes that are playing if they are attacking bowlers they’ve still got to be able to defend as well”.
ESPN CricInfo stated that injury worries could hamper Starc’s chances. He had some problems in the past and was exposed to painkilling injections on his ankle. He received the injuries back in England while the Ashes series was underway and haven’t really fully recovered since. The worries continued to grow ever since.
Starc felt that both of them were ready to lead the bowling unit and would take it up as a challenge to take the attack in the right direction.
It would be interesting to note how the selectors choose to play this out. We hope to see them together leading an aggressive pace attack.
Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Cricket Series.