Starc re­veals his search for swing is pay­ing off

Warwick Daily News - - CRICKET - – Michael Ram­sey

In­dia be­ware: Mitchell Starc has his groove back and is aim­ing to repli­cate his spec­tac­u­lar 2015 World Cup form through­out the home sum­mer.

Starc’s rapid pace and abil­ity to gen­er­ate swing with the new ball have made him one of the most-feared quicks of his gen­er­a­tion, but patches of in­con­sis­tency, partly in­flu­enced by in­juries, have left him search­ing for an­swers.

The left-armer has been work­ing closely with na­tional bowl­ing coach David Saker on re­pro­duc­ing the swing-yield­ing ac­tion that net­ted him 22 wick­ets and player-of-the-tour­na­ment hon­ours dur­ing Aus­tralia’s World Cup tri­umph.

And there were pos­i­tive signs on day one of the first Test against In­dia when Starc had the red Kook­aburra ball mov­ing con­sid­er­ably through the air, fin­ish­ing with 2-63 at Ade­laide Oval as the tourists limped to stumps on Thurs­day at 9-250.

“I’ve been try­ing a few dif­fer­ent things with David Saker, look­ing at how I bowled in 2015 through­out that World Cup and try­ing to per­haps get over my front leg a bit more,” Starc said.

“Lit­tle things have worked and, hope­fully, the swing that I’ve got the last cou­ple of weeks hangs around for the sum­mer.

“There’s lit­tle things I’ve tried over the last lit­tle while that have worked for lit­tle pe­ri­ods. This one seems to be work­ing for a bit longer.”

Starc’s mis­sion to re­tain con­sis­tency in his ac­tion had been made dif­fi­cult by in­juries, in­clud­ing a stress re­ac­tion in his lower leg ear­lier this year dur­ing the tour of South Africa.

“We had a lit­tle bit of a chat months ago now, prior to the UAE tour (against Pak­istan in Oc­to­ber), about how my ac­tion had prob­a­bly changed, bowl­ing through nig­gles and pe­ri­ods where I’d been sore,” he said.

“There were times where I’d col­lapse on my knee to try and get through when I was sore.

“The way I bowled at the World Cup in 2015, I got the ball swing­ing around and was bowl­ing at good pace. That’s some­thing I’ve tried to find a way to get back to.”

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