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SG ball and reverse swing on Starc's mind ahead of India tour

Tue, 14th, Feb 2017 |
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Mitch Starc stood out for Australia when they last played in the sub continent, accounting for 24 wickets against Lanka in August last year. 

Now the left armer gears up for a rather tougher challenge against the world number 1, India in a four Test series starting February 23. 

In an interview published on an online news portal, Starc spoke on the challenges that await him in India and how he looks to make full use of the swing and reverse swing in conditions conducive for spin bowling.

While most of the cricket nations including Australia use the Kookaburra in the longest format, India has been using the SG balls for Tests in India. 

Starc, who bowled at Australia's intra squad practice match in Dubai said, "It's been a while since I have been over there to play red-ball cricket, it's been four years."

Starc won't have fruitful memories of his first visit to India for playing with the red ball. He went wicketless in the first Test, was dropped from the second and eventually had to return in the third Test after the infamous Homework gate incident when coach Mickey Arthur grounded few regular players as disciplinary actions. Starc then injured himself before the fourth Test. 

"It's a different ball (there in India), so there are different challenges there to try and get it reversing and to see if it swings when it's brand new," said the left-arm pace spearhead.

The 27 year old pacer admits that captain Steve Smith won't ask him to bowl longer spells as he is used to playing down under. With the Indian wickets offering assistance to spinners, Starc knows that he'll only get limited and short spells to make an impact.

"I guess it depends on the spinners, if they're taking wickets or not. It's obviously up to Smithy. It's probably a bit different to how we are used back home.

"It will depend on how the ball is reacting, whether its swinging conventionally or reverse. I'm sure there'll be times when we will be called upon to bowl a few extra overs in a spell but probably a lot of short spells as well," said Starc.

Since his 2013 visit to India, Starc has become a complete bowler. He has become a lot quicker and meaner. 

Starc broke several records with his 24 wicket haul in the 3 match Test series in the island nation and leapfrogged legends like Richard Hadlee for the most wickets by a visiting pacer in the sub continent and also claimed a new record for the most wickets by a Aussie pacer in a Test match series by beating Dennis Lilee's tally of 23 wickets.

Starc and Australia would be hoping for him to replicate his magic and lead Australia's challenge against Kohli and men.

"Some little changes in terms of batting plans but a lot of similarities in the fact that it's going to turn a lot against us. So, a lot of similarities (from Sri Lanka) to India."

It will be an interesting battle with his RCB skipper Virat Kohli in the form of his life. We wish both Starc and Kohli all the luck in the forth coming Test series starting in Pune on February 23.

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