Mitchell Starc will sport the shoe of Mitchell Johnson to emulate the latter’s success in the 2013-2014 Ashes against England. Starc recently registered a hat trick in Sheffield Shield and became the only bowler to claim two hat tricks.
The Ashes has always been the most competitive bilateral series and it always creates a buzz around the cricket community. The memories of Ashes are the most-remembered topic in world cricket. So, this time before the winter Ashes in Australia cricket fans reminded English cricketers the memory of former Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson’s fiery spells which shattered England four years back. Johnson’s scary fast bowling broke the nerves of English cricketers, batsman Jonathan Trott and spinner Graeme Swann surprising everyone took retirement in the middle of the series as they failed to hold their nerves in front of Johnson’s scary fast bowling. The fast bowler had taken whopping 37 wickets in the 2013-2014 Ashes.
Hence, this time as well there is a hope that a fast bowler will stand up to emulate Johnson’s success. It is believed that someone from Australian rank can do the job successfully since England don’t have a speedster. Both experienced blokes-James Anderson and Stuart Broad-rely on swing and seam, so the fast and furious bowling could be expected from only one bowler that is Australian speedster Mitchell Starc, who recently recovered from his leg injury and registered a hat trick for his Sheffield Shield team New South Wales. Now, he is ready to do the job what his former teammate Jonson did to the English in 2013-2014 Ashes slapping them a 5-0 whitewash.
Starc is a bowler whose delivery can take a wild swing at a fast pace which will pose a big challenge to English batsmen at the dry and flat Australian pitches. Starc has already warned English batsmen Alastair Cook and skipper Joe Root, two most experienced batsmen of the visiting side, to get ready to face his fiery spells in the very first Test of the five Tests series at Gabba, Brisbane.
“In a perfect world, you get Cook and Root early and get those inexperienced guys in against the hard new ball,” said Starc, who has dismissed Root four times so far.
Veteran Cook will be the first man to taste what the left-arm fast bowler has to offer when the first Test of the five-match series will start on November 23.
Pep talk from Mitchell Johnson
As Starc became the only bowler to claim two hat tricks in Sheffield Sheild his mentor Johnson gave him the dictate to rip apart the ‘poms’, a task which Starc will be very happy to execute. The left-arm fast bowler further revealed that he is in touch with Johnson to demolish the English. “Mitch has always been a mentor to me, so yeah, by all means; I’d love to do the same. I actually spoke to him just the other day. We’re still in contact all the time,” Starc said.
Starc is Australia’s main weapon to win the winter Ashes
With Starc has already warmed him up for the most coveted bilateral series in cricket, it is understood that he would hit his deck hard to run through the English batting line-up. The lanky fast bowler, who dealt with series of injuries since he made his international debut, played 36 Test and picked up 148 wickets. So, when he will turn up for the Ashes as a fresh block it is expected that he will understand his importance to the national team. Thus, English batsmen must keep eye on his bowling since there is no other fast bowler in the team after James Pattinson has been ruled out from the series owing to injury. Starc’s new ball partner Josh Hazlewood is a swing bowler he will rely on medium pace. So, to terrorise English batsmen, Starc’s venomous fast bowling is required to play the mind game with English boys and make them nervous before the fast bowling.
In the last summer Ashes in England, Australia suffered a humiliating series defeat against the hosts in 2015. So, this time at home the Aussies will look for a sweet revenge over the English at home. In 2015, Stuart Broad alone pierced through the Australian batting attack with his eight wickets haul at Nottingham to bundle out the visiting side for paltry 60. So, Australian batsmen must keep a vigil eye on Broad while playing him while James Anderson’s swing bowling at dry Australian pitches will be a daydream, like the tough time he faced on Indian soil in 2016.
Hence, it is needless to say, Mitchell Starc the man who will be the fast bowler to watch out for during the upcoming Ashes. So far, Strac played two Ashes. On both of the occasions, he was dwarfed by Johnson and Broad. So, this time he has to excel and display his great pace bowling skills.