The Starc fac­tor in­spires Ab­bott

Mercury (Hobart) - - CRICKET - BEN HORNE

IT’S not just bats­men who are in­tim­i­dated by Mitchell Starc. Some­times it’s his team­mates.

Sean Ab­bott ad­mits he has suf­fered from self­doubt in his five years out of the Aus­tralian cricket team, with the pres­ence of su­per­stars like Starc in the NSW dress­ing room an ex­am­ple of him ques­tion­ing how he could be up to in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.

But Ab­bott is back in the fold and is a chance to play in the T20 se­ries against Pak­istan start­ing on Sun­day, and he cred­its Starc’s men­tor­ship as a key fac­tor in his re­turn.

“I’m a pretty mo­ti­vated kind of guy but I’ve al­ways had a lit­tle bit of a thing with self-doubt,” Ab­bott said. “That’s al­ways in the back of your mind con­sid­er­ing how good the quicks are … they’re my direct com­pe­ti­tion and I’m re­ally close mates with Mitchell Starc. When he comes back, I get to see how good he is, and [think], ‘ how the hell am I go­ing to be up to this stan­dard and get my­self back into the Aus­tralian team?’

“But ev­ery­one is unique and no two bowlers are the same. I’m not bowl­ing 155km/h in­swing­ing york­ers, or com­par­ing my­self to one of the best white-ball play­ers we’ve ever had. I just tried to find what works for me.”

Ab­bott sees a re­silience in Starc he is striv­ing for him­self.

“Starcy has al­ways been pretty good at bounc­ing back from set­backs and usu­ally com­ing back in a big way and mak­ing big state­ments,” Ab­bott said.

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