Australia v India, 3rd Test, Perth, 2nd day January 14, 2012

Starc eager to keep learning

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Mitchell Starc cannot help but be compared to Mitchell Johnson. It's not just the name. It's the left-arm variety that he adds to the attack. Occasionally during his first two Tests against New Zealand, it seemed that Starc might have inherited one of Johnson's flaws - a faulty radar. But in his third Test, he has found his line, and he's done it at one of Johnson's favourite venues.

As Starc swung the ball in to the right-handers in the second innings at the WACA, it was hard to tell if it was the Fremantle Doctor blowing in across his left shoulder or his wrist position that was making it work. Certainly the breeze had helped Johnson achieve the same effect at this ground in summers past. But the way Starc hooped the ball in the Big Bash League last week in Sydney, it seems it is a skill that he is starting to master.

The delivery that trapped Sachin Tendulkar lbw on the second afternoon in Perth was a beauty. It curved in and had the world's best batsman in all sorts of trouble, playing down the wrong line, and despite Tendulkar's clear annoyance at Aleem Dar's decision, it deserved to be given out. After the day's play, Starc spoke of how he had picked the brains of Wasim Akram - who is in Australia commentating on this series - to help him with his swing.

"I had the chance to catch up with him for half an hour in Sydney," Starc said. "The main thing I had the chance to talk to him about was swinging the ball consistently and a bit of wrist position. It was only a brief chat and hopefully I can catch up with him some time soon, because he was a genius at what he did. It's not going to harm me to chat to him about those things.

"I've been working on my wrist position for a while now, so it's starting to pay off. That consistency to swing the ball is coming in now as well."

Starc was mobbed by his team-mates when Dar's finger went up, the wicket of Tendulkar a major blow to India's hopes of rescuing the Test. He had already picked up the wicket of Gautam Gambhir with a well-directed short ball that was gloved to gully in his first over, but the Tendulkar strike was clearly a special moment for Starc.

"It was an amazing feeling," he said. "Any time you get a Test wicket is pretty special but to get the Little Master is a great feeling. More importantly they're four wickets down in the second innings and [we'll be] pushing to close that out tomorrow hopefully.

"We feel we've got enough to hopefully close them out without having to bat again but we're going to have to bowl pretty well tomorrow. The wicket is a bit flatter with the grass on there, but the cracks are starting to open up a little bit. We're going to have to bowl well but I think we've got enough to get there."

India finished the day with six wickets in hand, but they needed another 121 runs to make Australia bat again. On a pitch that has some cracks beginning to emerge, that loomed as an uphill battle for a side already low on confidence. Barring an Indian miracle, the teams will head to Adelaide next week for the fourth Test with the series decided.

Starc is aware that, whatever happens over the rest of the Perth Test, he is the man most likely to make way for the return of the offspinner Nathan Lyon at the Adelaide Oval. But at 21, Starc knows that he is still on a learning curve, and for the time being he is just enjoying every opportunity he gets to be part of a winning Australia side.

"I'd be very, very surprised if they play four quicks in Adelaide," he said. "Out of the four of us here, I'd probably be the one to go ... But I'm happy to take that if Australia get a win up. I've got to keep working at my game. There's a lot to do for me. I'm still learning. I'm just cherishing every game I get for Australia.

"It's a great environment in the change-room. They make you feel right at home. When you first come into the team and Ricky Ponting comes in and he's already making jokes with you, it's quite easy to be a part of [the unit]. It's a great feeling among the group this summer."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • popcorn on January 15, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    It is a pity that Mitchell Starc will have to sit out the Adelaide Yest,unless Ryan Harris is dropped (for what reason- a left arm fast bowler?). Mitchell Starc need not worry. Our fast bpowling stocks are good, and the new crop - Pat Cummins, James Pattinson,Trent Copeland and Mitchell Starc will sooner or later become permanent fixtures in our side as the age of Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Jonson catches up, as also when injuries to one / two fast bowlers (like Pat Cummins,Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson right now) give him an obvious opportunity.He has the ability to swing the ball INTO AND AWAY from the right hand batsman, and like Mitchell Johnsoon, he will be lethal.

  • Okakaboka on January 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @mari2619....Yes, in all probability, Starc would make more runs than Marsh. Siddle deserves a rest and the conditions in Adelaide don't suit him. Hang on??? Wasn't he the third top scorer again....??? Stuff Watson, play Siddle as the all-rounder and give young Mitch another game. When they are all fit, we have lots of test fast bowlers: It will take many many injuries before Johnston will ever play again. Current ranking of ability: Pattinson, Harris, Siddle, Cummins, Hilfenhauss, Starc, Cutting, Copeland, Coulter-Nile, Mackay, George, Herrick, Butterworth, somebody else, Mitch johnston.

  • TheLoneStranger on January 15, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    It would be poor reward for Siddle to omit him for Adelaide. Personally, I'd rather see all the quicks retained and if Watson becomes available, bring him or Khawaja in for Marsh, who is NOT up to test standard. Clarke would do well to use himself and Warner for spin options. Clarke is as good as any left-arm tweaker we've had in recent years and, from what I've heard, Warner is more than just a change-bowler.

  • mixters on January 15, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Shame SRT put on such a display at being out LBW must not happen at home very offten. It reminded me of his country man Sunil Gavaskar in Adelaide all those years ago trying to lead his team off the field after Lillee traped him. I wonder why these two great batsmen feel they are immune to LBW?

  • on January 15, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Starc Sucks. Faulkner from tassie is the best left armer in australia. and he is an allrounder. Starc only takes wickets on tail enders that try and slog him. yes he picked up a couple of wickets, but even the crappy johnson picks up wickets here. He has a first class average of almost 35 and strike rate of almost 58. Faulkner is younger then starc and averages 24 and strike rate of 46, not to mention a batting ave of 30 with 5 fifties. The only thing Starc has going for him is he is from NSW. anyone who plays for NSW will play for australia. Dont see Khawaja doing much better then marsh atm. only bring watson in for marsh if fully fit otherwise im happy to keep marsh where he is. he is a quality player, just needs some form coming back from injury. but i would swap him for watson if fit.

  • Kaze on January 15, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson has gotten undeserved criticism. Yep you heard right, he has been inconsistent and wayward and ridiculous at times, but when he has been good he has been brilliant. He want win a match on his own. If he could live up to potential he would be one of the top 3 all rounders ever. People seem to forget or don;t realise that he came within a couple of wickets of equaling Shane Warne's record for 50 wickets in a calendar year for 3 successive years. No One has touched this record so coming close to it is an achievement and it wasn't acquired by being a fluke. If Johnson could iron out his issues and fix his batting flaws he would be brilliant for Aus. The same applies to Starc although Starc is not as good a batsman as Johnson.

  • warnerbasher on January 14, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Well bowled. Another in a growing and formidable group of Australian fast bowlers. They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn and perhaps the nadir of the Ashes lost to South Africa B last summer might be the turning point. The batting is a real concern still and won't be confident until positions 3 and 4 in the batting lineup is resolved perhaps by Watson in there somewhere. I am predicting Punter will retire after the Adelaide test.

  • VivGilchrist on January 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Well done to Starc. On a flat Adelaide Oval track I would drop him though and bring back Lyon, I would also drop Marsh and bring in Christian who can bat at 6 and bowl 15 overs a day if need be. India will bat well in Adelaide so 5 bowlers is a must. Starc has plenty of time and will probably get selected in the ODIs.

  • meursault on January 14, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Hilfenhaus has been great, but has done a lot of hard work. Assuming it's 3-0 to Australia for Adelaide, it's Hilfenhaus, not Starc who should be rested to make way for Lyon. Both Lyon and Starc need the experience and Harris and Siddle will be enough to lead the attack (can rest during the one-dayers).

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 14, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    In all honesty, Jimmy Pattinson looks to be a quality quick out of a line up of mediocre ones. Starc is nothing special. It's just that the Indian batsmen have made him look good. The lack of skills and temperament shown by the Indians would have made any new kid on the block look 'world class'. Pattinson on the other hand looks a genuine quick who could trouble batsmen on any pitch. Well still good luck to Starc. He's a young man still finding his feet at this level. Hopefully he doesn't waste it by playing too much T20 cricket.

  • popcorn on January 15, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    It is a pity that Mitchell Starc will have to sit out the Adelaide Yest,unless Ryan Harris is dropped (for what reason- a left arm fast bowler?). Mitchell Starc need not worry. Our fast bpowling stocks are good, and the new crop - Pat Cummins, James Pattinson,Trent Copeland and Mitchell Starc will sooner or later become permanent fixtures in our side as the age of Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus and Mitchell Jonson catches up, as also when injuries to one / two fast bowlers (like Pat Cummins,Mitchell Johnson and James Pattinson right now) give him an obvious opportunity.He has the ability to swing the ball INTO AND AWAY from the right hand batsman, and like Mitchell Johnsoon, he will be lethal.

  • Okakaboka on January 15, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @mari2619....Yes, in all probability, Starc would make more runs than Marsh. Siddle deserves a rest and the conditions in Adelaide don't suit him. Hang on??? Wasn't he the third top scorer again....??? Stuff Watson, play Siddle as the all-rounder and give young Mitch another game. When they are all fit, we have lots of test fast bowlers: It will take many many injuries before Johnston will ever play again. Current ranking of ability: Pattinson, Harris, Siddle, Cummins, Hilfenhauss, Starc, Cutting, Copeland, Coulter-Nile, Mackay, George, Herrick, Butterworth, somebody else, Mitch johnston.

  • TheLoneStranger on January 15, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    It would be poor reward for Siddle to omit him for Adelaide. Personally, I'd rather see all the quicks retained and if Watson becomes available, bring him or Khawaja in for Marsh, who is NOT up to test standard. Clarke would do well to use himself and Warner for spin options. Clarke is as good as any left-arm tweaker we've had in recent years and, from what I've heard, Warner is more than just a change-bowler.

  • mixters on January 15, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Shame SRT put on such a display at being out LBW must not happen at home very offten. It reminded me of his country man Sunil Gavaskar in Adelaide all those years ago trying to lead his team off the field after Lillee traped him. I wonder why these two great batsmen feel they are immune to LBW?

  • on January 15, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Starc Sucks. Faulkner from tassie is the best left armer in australia. and he is an allrounder. Starc only takes wickets on tail enders that try and slog him. yes he picked up a couple of wickets, but even the crappy johnson picks up wickets here. He has a first class average of almost 35 and strike rate of almost 58. Faulkner is younger then starc and averages 24 and strike rate of 46, not to mention a batting ave of 30 with 5 fifties. The only thing Starc has going for him is he is from NSW. anyone who plays for NSW will play for australia. Dont see Khawaja doing much better then marsh atm. only bring watson in for marsh if fully fit otherwise im happy to keep marsh where he is. he is a quality player, just needs some form coming back from injury. but i would swap him for watson if fit.

  • Kaze on January 15, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson has gotten undeserved criticism. Yep you heard right, he has been inconsistent and wayward and ridiculous at times, but when he has been good he has been brilliant. He want win a match on his own. If he could live up to potential he would be one of the top 3 all rounders ever. People seem to forget or don;t realise that he came within a couple of wickets of equaling Shane Warne's record for 50 wickets in a calendar year for 3 successive years. No One has touched this record so coming close to it is an achievement and it wasn't acquired by being a fluke. If Johnson could iron out his issues and fix his batting flaws he would be brilliant for Aus. The same applies to Starc although Starc is not as good a batsman as Johnson.

  • warnerbasher on January 14, 2012, 23:49 GMT

    Well bowled. Another in a growing and formidable group of Australian fast bowlers. They say the darkest hour is right before the dawn and perhaps the nadir of the Ashes lost to South Africa B last summer might be the turning point. The batting is a real concern still and won't be confident until positions 3 and 4 in the batting lineup is resolved perhaps by Watson in there somewhere. I am predicting Punter will retire after the Adelaide test.

  • VivGilchrist on January 14, 2012, 22:11 GMT

    Well done to Starc. On a flat Adelaide Oval track I would drop him though and bring back Lyon, I would also drop Marsh and bring in Christian who can bat at 6 and bowl 15 overs a day if need be. India will bat well in Adelaide so 5 bowlers is a must. Starc has plenty of time and will probably get selected in the ODIs.

  • meursault on January 14, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Hilfenhaus has been great, but has done a lot of hard work. Assuming it's 3-0 to Australia for Adelaide, it's Hilfenhaus, not Starc who should be rested to make way for Lyon. Both Lyon and Starc need the experience and Harris and Siddle will be enough to lead the attack (can rest during the one-dayers).

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 14, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    In all honesty, Jimmy Pattinson looks to be a quality quick out of a line up of mediocre ones. Starc is nothing special. It's just that the Indian batsmen have made him look good. The lack of skills and temperament shown by the Indians would have made any new kid on the block look 'world class'. Pattinson on the other hand looks a genuine quick who could trouble batsmen on any pitch. Well still good luck to Starc. He's a young man still finding his feet at this level. Hopefully he doesn't waste it by playing too much T20 cricket.

  • Buggsy on January 14, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    Starc looked pretty ordinary against NZ, but here he is completely different. I can't believe our bowling stocks at the moment, now we just have to find some depth in the batting. Ashes 2013 might actually be competitive!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on January 14, 2012, 20:28 GMT

    Excellent bowling by both the teams. BUT, even before lunch on day 2 of a test match, the pitch developed cracks so long and wide as though there was an earthquake. What kind of a ridiculous track is this? Barring Warner and Cowan (thanks to Dhoni and Ishant, the culprits of Lord's test as well, not appealing properly when Cowan gloved the ball) all the remaining batsmen on either side struggled, what with the ball deviating unpredictably or rearing awkwardly after hitting those cracks. Hope ICC is watching these kind of dodgy tracks closely. Dear Aussie fans, I'm all for sporting tracks where there is a level playing field. This isn't one of them. What's the point in playing on a strip laden with potholes? We can as well play on some roads in rural India that are filled with potholes and cracks. If batsmen can be castigated for not making runs on these dodgy tracks, can we start castigating bowlers for not taking wickets on tracks where the batsmen can trust the bounce and deviation?

  • on January 14, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Looks like the gamble paid off for Clarke. India's ageing batting lineup was always likely to struggle against the Aussie pacemen, especially here in Perth. Anyway, looks like the test match will finish on day 4, provided that Dravid and Kohli show a little resistance. India needs to at least draw this match, or win, or else it's going to be a clean sweep for Australia.

  • Ponting_the_best on January 14, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    The farther away Micheal johnson stays from the Aussie team, the better. If there is a "destroyer of the match" award, I am sure he would get a lot of them in addition to the "destroyer of the series" awards. Shaun Marsh is not ready for Test cricket in lively pitches. He looks similar to Gambhir when he gets out; pushing and poking at stuff which he shouldn't be. I'd say we play 4 quicks again. let's be honest; at this point Lyon does not have the skill to run through a side, even India in bad form. It not good to play to India's strength which is an average spinner. That's like 15 free overs and 70 runs for the taking and maybe a couple of # 8 to 10 wickets.

  • jonesy2 on January 14, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    hahahaaha mitchell starc, where do you fit this furture champion in?? haha my god the selectors may have to drop one of the 2 best fast bowlers in the world hilfenhaus n siddle but i doubt it? oh good times

  • on January 14, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    favouritism is going on in aussies camp first victim was katich being dropped due to age factor thats insane and now khwaja who has made decent 60s on and off against NZ and proteas is dropped and marsh is getting not only tests but highly appreciated as a bright future despite nothing score.If that is the scene in aus then this joy against india is temporary cos other teams will get to terms well enough with them

  • disco_bob on January 14, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    It's exciting as a spectator so see the future of Australian cricket emerging as youngsters, one at a time. Being presented to the world like debutantes at a coming out ball. First Cummins, then Pattinson now Starc. Chaperoned by the matrons Siddle and Hilfy.

  • in3x on January 14, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Gunner, methinks you forget Doug Bollinger. I will agree that he looks a much better bowler than Johnson.

  • Naren on January 14, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    @LillianThomson: Wow.. unless you are an Indian in false name, no idea why you would propose Siddle be dropped. He had dismissed Sehwag, Sachin and had some key wickets. Even I was against Siddle couple of months ago. But now he is such a key player. Unless Pattinson, Cummins, Hilfenhaus all are fit, it won't be a good idea to drop Siddle. He is better than Harris and Starc right now.

  • on January 14, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Wasim Akram is one of the all time greats among left arm pacers. He mentored Irfan Pathan a little bit in the latter's early days, but Irfan is said to have avoided the former, in later years. One doesn't know why! Recently, Wasim offered to help out the India's new pacers with a lot of potential. But there is NO report whether the players or BCCI made any move to avail Wasim's offer. Nice to see that young Starc has no such hangups. After all cricket is a game and all players from any part of the world is just one fraternity. Always ready to help each other, except when they are not playing against each other representing their countries. That is the way to go.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on January 14, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    I can't wait to see Cook, Trott, KP, Bell and Prior against Cummins, Starc and Pattinson. We heard exactly the same gushing comments for Hilfenhaus, Johnson and Siddle and we soon sorted them out. The fact Hilfenhaus and Siddle still play for Australia shows how little England have to worry about! It is astonishing to think by the end of this series, Australia will have 8 current bowlers averaging 30 or less (Cummins, Pattinson, Starc, Harris, Siddle, Lyon, Bollinger and Hilfenhaus) an yet none of them would get in an England 2nd XI ahead of Finn, Tremlett, Panesar and Onions!!!

  • Marcio on January 14, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I wrote here before the test that Starc was a great selection. I am right yet again. A pity he has only bowled ten overs or so. He's also quite a capable batsman. And those huge feet of his are a dream come true for Lyon, as LillianThamson notes!

    I recall some of the less - ahem - informed commentators psoting here were whining about his inclusion. They obviously haven't seen him bowling much. When he's on song he is a very difficult customer indeeed.

    I'm betting Tendulkar will not be punished or warned for his tantrum. He is above the system.

  • on January 14, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    First came Cummins and he left soon after two tests, then came Pattinson he lasted a little longer for about 4 tests and then came Mitchell Starc

    How long is he gonna last?? for 6 or 8 tests..........

  • dravidgood on January 14, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    ah, I think this lad is just pretty good. Pattinson might have the extra yard or talent, I dunno, but this lad looks to have some reverence...reverence for the game, for the players, seniors, audience and the person.....he should quickly get attached to a well headed senior pro like mmm...i dunno...someone who makes his strength of mind/discerning a plus for him..so my take would be for Oz's future pace attack

    1 - Pat Cummins...awesome pace, height and looks sober 2 - Mitch Starc....left armer, tall and has some reverence 3 - Pattinson ... pace, talent.....has to hold his head however..

    my 2 inconsequential cents for you.

  • AidanFX on January 14, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    @ LillianThompson Siddle goes for a few more runs because he has pitched it up consistently - he is taking wickets and bowling extremely accurately and leading the attack. It is often him that gets the break through when things dry up and drag on. I would also say over the stretch of the 80 odd overs he has bowled - there is a significant diff between 3.5ish and 4. Generally the reason the Aus bowlers have dominated is because they have all been pretty tidy. Many spells Siddle has been extremely tight. I have enjoyed watching Hiffa flourish though - the sought of guy who is impossible not to like.

  • indianpunter on January 14, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    @LillianThomson, Is Australia playing India in Adelaide? 4-320?? ha ha. For a committed India baiter like you, thats way off the mark, mate!

  • hhillbumper on January 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    God lets me bowl against india too. I reckon I could get a few wickets as well. Sehwag looks like an out of touch Dave Warner.

  • Dashat on January 14, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    LT,

    With Oz rotation policy Sids due for a rest as well. With series almost won will be a good chance to give Starc some more exposure and rest Siddle

  • Alkais on January 14, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Its high time selectors start think abt future. Players like Rohit sharma should be given chances for next two years.. Let him develop into a test player. Laxman and Dravid should be told, they cant continue for long and they should be offered a retirement plan. May be they should be asked to retire in the next test series. Its high time Rohit,Virat and Ajinkya Rahane be selected in the test team and invest them for 2years. That will help them to develop into test cricket. Bring Javagal srinath as bowling coach. BCCI should take services of Gavaskar and ask him to work on the technique of young players like Virat,Rohit,AJinkya and Pujara. Ishant should be asked to play in domestic cricket. Its high time, he is put on notice. He cant be given these many chances and he turns up taking less wicket. Where is munaf. If he is fit, why is he not here. Senior Players time is up. Even sachin should be a retirement plan. Laxman and Dravid should be told there time is up.

  • AidanFX on January 14, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @mari2619 - yep spot on - Hughes and Khawaja were put under enormous pressure both externally (media) and internally; they were axed really after 2 games to bring in a guy that was in and out of the side through injury; he is a weak link. Gee Aus could have a formidable side with Watson back and the presence of either Wade or Paine in place of Haddin.

  • southafrican on January 14, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Terriffic inswinger and great decision from the worlds top umpire. Tendulkar should not be unhappy and has no reason to be peeved off with the umpire. How many times has he got away with plumb lbw and nicks in his career, and ending up scoring undeserved centuries in the process. Indian fans must be cursing Pakistani Aleem Dar for delaying the Indians obsession with Tendulkar getting his 100th ton. India are an overated team and Tendulkar has been helped along in his career by umpires much more than any other batsmen, especially in India. Tendulkar not being happy about a perfectly good decision against him thinks he should be getting the benefit of the doubt.

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Starc bowled well in patches but was still often too short or too leg side. Very Mitchell Johnsonesque.

  • Matt. on January 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    i really didn't like this dude when i first saw him, but I have to say he does seem to have improved. we'll have to see if he can keep it up away from perth. another plus is he will make it harder for johnson to make it back into the team...which must be stopped, at all costs!

  • gunnerr4life on January 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    This lad has a very bright future ! He's wayy better than mitchel johnson or any left arm pacer in Australia at the moment .. and is only 21 !

  • itsthewayuplay on January 14, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    These are ideal bowling conditions with pace, bounce and swing and the Indian bowlers are still getting caned. As in Eng, the opposition bowlers are bowling and looking like taking wickets with wicket taking deliveries almost every over. The Indians simply do not look threatening, are serving up hit me balls and appear to be waiting for the batsmen to throw their wicket away. Most concerning of all is If Ishant and Kohli did advise Warner that it will be a different story when Aus are in in India. Have they no pride in playing for their country in every single game regardless of whether it's at home or away? If the players themselves don't expect to win, chances it will become a self-fulfulling prophecy. It's also nonsensical - if the pace bowlers can't get wickets in bowler friendly conditions, are they really expecting to get some on low flat wickets?

  • itsthewayuplay on January 14, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    And this highlights one of the many differences between Indian and all other bowlers. Starc wants to learn, heeds advice and puts it into practice. Compare this to Ishant who seems to be satisfied with being Ponting's nemesis on the last tour and with the bowling one good delivery to Pieterson at Lord's throughout the entire Eng tour. Ishant has the height, pace and bounce to bowl similar deliveries to the one that Starc got Gambhir today and more of the Pieterson deliveries but he doesn't. So the obvious question is why not? Until Indian pace bowlers learn to bowl intelligently, in the way Zaheer and the spinners do, we have to get used to these humiliations.

  • LillianThomson on January 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I would argue that Siddle would be a better choice to be dropped for Adelaide. He is basically quick and aggressive but his length remains too short and he is going for almost 4 runs per over in this series. At Adelaide that could be the difference between taking the second new ball at 4-320 or 4-240. Starc also creates rough over the wicket which Lyon could bowl into.

  • Mary_786 on January 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Shaun Marsh has scored 4 runs at 3.50 this series, averages 37 in shield cricket, surely he can't stay in the team simply because he got a 100 on debut on a flat Sri Lankan wicket, bring Khawaja or Watson back in for Marsh.

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  • Mary_786 on January 14, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Shaun Marsh has scored 4 runs at 3.50 this series, averages 37 in shield cricket, surely he can't stay in the team simply because he got a 100 on debut on a flat Sri Lankan wicket, bring Khawaja or Watson back in for Marsh.

  • LillianThomson on January 14, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I would argue that Siddle would be a better choice to be dropped for Adelaide. He is basically quick and aggressive but his length remains too short and he is going for almost 4 runs per over in this series. At Adelaide that could be the difference between taking the second new ball at 4-320 or 4-240. Starc also creates rough over the wicket which Lyon could bowl into.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 14, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    And this highlights one of the many differences between Indian and all other bowlers. Starc wants to learn, heeds advice and puts it into practice. Compare this to Ishant who seems to be satisfied with being Ponting's nemesis on the last tour and with the bowling one good delivery to Pieterson at Lord's throughout the entire Eng tour. Ishant has the height, pace and bounce to bowl similar deliveries to the one that Starc got Gambhir today and more of the Pieterson deliveries but he doesn't. So the obvious question is why not? Until Indian pace bowlers learn to bowl intelligently, in the way Zaheer and the spinners do, we have to get used to these humiliations.

  • itsthewayuplay on January 14, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    These are ideal bowling conditions with pace, bounce and swing and the Indian bowlers are still getting caned. As in Eng, the opposition bowlers are bowling and looking like taking wickets with wicket taking deliveries almost every over. The Indians simply do not look threatening, are serving up hit me balls and appear to be waiting for the batsmen to throw their wicket away. Most concerning of all is If Ishant and Kohli did advise Warner that it will be a different story when Aus are in in India. Have they no pride in playing for their country in every single game regardless of whether it's at home or away? If the players themselves don't expect to win, chances it will become a self-fulfulling prophecy. It's also nonsensical - if the pace bowlers can't get wickets in bowler friendly conditions, are they really expecting to get some on low flat wickets?

  • gunnerr4life on January 14, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    This lad has a very bright future ! He's wayy better than mitchel johnson or any left arm pacer in Australia at the moment .. and is only 21 !

  • Matt. on January 14, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    i really didn't like this dude when i first saw him, but I have to say he does seem to have improved. we'll have to see if he can keep it up away from perth. another plus is he will make it harder for johnson to make it back into the team...which must be stopped, at all costs!

  • RandyOZ on January 14, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Starc bowled well in patches but was still often too short or too leg side. Very Mitchell Johnsonesque.

  • southafrican on January 14, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Terriffic inswinger and great decision from the worlds top umpire. Tendulkar should not be unhappy and has no reason to be peeved off with the umpire. How many times has he got away with plumb lbw and nicks in his career, and ending up scoring undeserved centuries in the process. Indian fans must be cursing Pakistani Aleem Dar for delaying the Indians obsession with Tendulkar getting his 100th ton. India are an overated team and Tendulkar has been helped along in his career by umpires much more than any other batsmen, especially in India. Tendulkar not being happy about a perfectly good decision against him thinks he should be getting the benefit of the doubt.

  • AidanFX on January 14, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    @mari2619 - yep spot on - Hughes and Khawaja were put under enormous pressure both externally (media) and internally; they were axed really after 2 games to bring in a guy that was in and out of the side through injury; he is a weak link. Gee Aus could have a formidable side with Watson back and the presence of either Wade or Paine in place of Haddin.

  • Alkais on January 14, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    Its high time selectors start think abt future. Players like Rohit sharma should be given chances for next two years.. Let him develop into a test player. Laxman and Dravid should be told, they cant continue for long and they should be offered a retirement plan. May be they should be asked to retire in the next test series. Its high time Rohit,Virat and Ajinkya Rahane be selected in the test team and invest them for 2years. That will help them to develop into test cricket. Bring Javagal srinath as bowling coach. BCCI should take services of Gavaskar and ask him to work on the technique of young players like Virat,Rohit,AJinkya and Pujara. Ishant should be asked to play in domestic cricket. Its high time, he is put on notice. He cant be given these many chances and he turns up taking less wicket. Where is munaf. If he is fit, why is he not here. Senior Players time is up. Even sachin should be a retirement plan. Laxman and Dravid should be told there time is up.