Starc wants to give Poms their right whack in Perth
MITCHELL Starc wants the WACA Ground to go out in style and farewell England with an old school pitch of death.
The fire and brimstone synonymous with Perth has been missing in recent years, but Starc is hoping curators are cranking up one last blazing WACA deck before Test cricket moves to a new multi-million dollar stadium.
Australia’s fast bowling trio systematically dismantled England in Adelaide, but Starc has warned he, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are only getting better as they eye off a golden chance to lift the urn at first opportunity by making it 3-0 in Perth.
There was disappointment that England was given a soft landing in the series with an uncharacteristically meek pitch greeting them at the Gabba, but Starc (pictured) says it’s now time for Australia to ram home their overwhelming advantage with pace and bounce.
“Obviously we won’t know until we get there next week, but hopefully we see a nice fast, bouncy wicket. Hopefully a WACA of old and we can get stuck into their batters again,” said Starc.
“Pace and bounce (is the key in Perth). It’s been a pretty good place to bat the last few years so if that’s the case, it’ll be a good chance for our batters to cash in on a good wicket.
“It’s another chance for us to go with hopefully a good fast and bouncy track at the WACA – the last of the bigger Tests at the WACA – and hopefully a good track is prepared for us.”
Starc admits that if Australia was in a similar situation to the 215-run advantage they had in Adelaide where they didn’t enforce the follow-on, that “I’m sure we’ll chat about it as a group”.
However, the 27-year-old reiterated that it was Steve Smith’s call as captain and in the end the Test match was won in a relative landslide and the bowling group has a full seven days rest until they go to battle again.
Starc leads the wickets tally with a whopping 14, while Cummins and Hazlewood have seven each. Spinner Nathan Lyon has 11.
In 38 Tests Starc has only played two alongside this current cartel – but already he believes it’s the bestrounded attack he has played in.
“The exciting thing is our bowling group can still get better,” said Starc.
“We’ve obviously managed to take 40 wickets in the last couple of weeks and do some really good things, but I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement.
“It’s great to be on top. “We spend so much of the time off the field as a group as well. We’re really close mates so I think that shows in the way we play our cricket.
“Gazza (Nathan Lyon) is bowling outstanding at the moment. That allows the other three of us to do what we need to do from one end.
“Josh does what he does and allows Pat and I to bowl as fast as we want.”