Starc wants to give Poms their right whack in Perth

The Observer - - SPORT CRICKET - Ben Horne

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.”

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