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Saturday, 2 February 2019

Starc's killer response to calls for his head


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Mitchell Starc is back.

The Australian pace spearhead has responded to calls for his head by taking a brilliant five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Manuka Oval. His 5-54 was the 10th five-for of his career and pushed his Test wickets tally to 206.

Starc entered the Test under serious scrutiny, with his wavering form placing his Ashes campaign in some doubt. After a poor series against India and an unconvincing first outing against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, he brought pace and fire to the ACT.

Having dismissed Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal (15) on Saturday, Starc claimed another four scalps on Sunday. He got Dhananjaya de Silva (25) in a strange hit-wicket dismissal, then had brave opener Dimuth Karunaratne (59) caught after his return from a head knock.

Starc then cleaned up tailenders Dilruwan Perera (10) and Vishwa Fernando, getting the final wicket clean bowled. Sri Lanka were all out for 215 (Kusal Perera retired hurt), trailing Australia's first innings 5-534 dec.

"The big fella's back," former Australian paceman Brendon Julian said of Starc on FOX Cricket's live coverage.

Australia was sweating on a form reversal from Starc, knowing that his left-arm swing - at 150km/h - was a lethal weapon to take to England for the World Cup and then the Ashes series. After serious concerns over the 29-year-old star's summer efforts, he has announced his return as a key weapon.

Starc gets brave Karunaratne

"I just felt that he was on the threshold of something good, because he got his pace back up," former Australian captain Allan Border said on FOX.

"Because he got his pace back up. He was up into those 150s, rhythm was good, so it was just a matter of getting the radar back.

"Tremendous performance from him. He's starting to get some reward for the efforts he's been putting in. This particular innings, he was racing in, hitting the crease hard, bowling with a lot of pace."

Julian added: "It's a great sign for Mitchell Starc. Coming into this Test match not in great form, but had good pace late last night and I think that just gave him the confidence coming out his morning.

"Getting into the right areas and sometimes it happens, you just get the nicks and he had a dropped catch as well. He was in there and gave the Australians the sting that they needed."

Mitchell Starc is back.

The Australian pace spearhead has responded to calls for his head by taking a brilliant five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in the second Test at Manuka Oval. His 5-54 was the 10th five-for of his career and pushed his Test wickets tally to 206.

Starc entered the Test under serious scrutiny, with his wavering form placing his Ashes campaign in some doubt. After a poor series against India and an unconvincing first outing against Sri Lanka in Brisbane, he brought pace and fire to the ACT.

Having dismissed Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal (15) on Saturday, Starc claimed another four scalps on Sunday. He got Dhananjaya de Silva (25) in a strange hit-wicket dismissal, then had brave opener Dimuth Karunaratne (59) caught after his return from a head knock.

Starc then cleaned up tailenders Dilruwan Perera (10) and Vishwa Fernando, getting the final wicket clean bowled. Sri Lanka were all out for 215 (Kusal Perera retired hurt), trailing Australia's first innings 5-534 dec.

"The big fella's back," former Australian paceman Brendon Julian said of Starc on FOX Cricket's live coverage.

Australia was sweating on a form reversal from Starc, knowing that his left-arm swing - at 150km/h - was a lethal weapon to take to England for the World Cup and then the Ashes series. After serious concerns over the 29-year-old star's summer efforts, he has announced his return as a key weapon.

Starc gets brave Karunaratne

"I just felt that he was on the threshold of something good, because he got his pace back up," former Australian captain Allan Border said on FOX.

"Because he got his pace back up. He was up into those 150s, rhythm was good, so it was just a matter of getting the radar back.

"Tremendous performance from him. He's starting to get some reward for the efforts he's been putting in. This particular innings, he was racing in, hitting the crease hard, bowling with a lot of pace."

Julian added: "It's a great sign for Mitchell Starc. Coming into this Test match not in great form, but had good pace late last night and I think that just gave him the confidence coming out his morning.

"Getting into the right areas and sometimes it happens, you just get the nicks and he had a dropped catch as well. He was in there and gave the Australians the sting that they needed."

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