Australia’s Starc ready to replicate his fierce bowling in the upcoming WC
Australian speedster Mitchell Starc believes that he has rediscovered his full fitness and variations following the muscle injury ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 in England Wales.
Starc had been Australia’s constant performer for some long times. But he had been suffering from muscle injury since the last World Cup and didn’t able to play many matches in the last couple of yours. He appeared in just 34 ODIs after the 2015 World Cup and in just 7 ODIs in 2018. He played his last One-Day international about six months ago against South Africa at Hobart. After that, he again injured his muscle in the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka at Canberra at the start of this year.
But Starc is confident of recovering from the torn pectoral muscle. “I’ve completed a reasonable piece of work since Canberra,” he told correspondents in Southampton, where Australia will play the first of three warm-up games on Wednesday against West Indies.
“Having three months to talk about things and have a smidgen of an alternate way to deal with how I consider it, and maybe the difference in wording and what my prompts are have truly helped me in returning to this stage. Not by any means agonizing over the outcome at the opposite end, additionally stressing over what I can control which has truly assisted with that concentration and with the outcome at the opposite end.
“It’s been a decent little period … simply having a better spotlight on two or three things which are truly helping me. It’s been (there) at different stages in the last few years. It’s come and gone. Having those three months to focus on certain things, which are going to help that (swing) hopefully be more consistent. At the moment it’s going quite well but it’s all about that consistency, but it’s got to be consistent throughout the World Cup first and foremost.”
Australia are currently in England where they are doing training sessions at elite Whitgift School in south London to cope up with the English conditions. Starc said they were working on death-bowling in these training sessions to stop runs at the end as flat pitches in England had produced 350+ runs in all matches recently. “It was a touch of target bowling for the group. We have certain cones set up for wide yorkers either side of the stumps and endeavoring to hit that zone,” the 29-year old left-arm quick said. “It’s something we’re working hard on because death bowling is something where you can win or lose a game or defend a total.”
“We have various folks in the group right now who can bowl actually well at the death. (Marcus) Stoinis has taken on that job a tad of ongoing occasions, we have Paddy Cummins who works superbly of it too. Coults (Nathan Coulter-Nile) has needed to approach his death bowling also. We have a group of folks that can bowl at various stages all through a game,”
Starc was the highest wicket-taker at the last World Cup in Australia and New Zealand with 22 wickets in just 8 matches. He was also named Player of the Tournament for his heroic performances. He troubled batsman all over the tournament with his pace, his bounce, his slowers and his signature toe-crushing yorkers. He’ll surely look to replicate same sort of performances in the upcoming World Cup too.
Australia will play two warm-up matches against England and Sri Lanka on May 25 and May 27 before the start of the World Cup. And then they will begin their World Cup against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.