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Starc injury will shake up Australia's plans

ESPNcricinfo assistant editor Dan Brettig talks about Mitchell Starc's injury and the back-up quick bowlers that Australia have in their ranks

Producer: Arya Yuyutsu

September 9, 2013

Posted by ScottStevo on (September 11, 2013, 20:34 GMT)

@Green_and_Gold, Agreed, MJ is definitely leading in the race for Starc's place in the side with players like Bird and Pattinson in with a shout. Blokes like Sayers and Faulkner may have phenomenal FC stats from last season, but neither of these two guys have the ability to become anything other than handy back up bowlers, or decent limited overs players. Our best 8-11 doesn't, shouldn't and never will consist of Faulkner in test match cricket if we have plans of winning test matches, as he's simply NOT GOOD ENOUGH. 80mph and a few varieties aren't enough in test match cricket to trouble decent top order batsmen. He may pick up a wicket or two, hell Ricky Ponting picked up a wicket or 2, but 9 out of 10 times he won't threaten anyone - and will cost us dearly if we play him as an all rounder. He's certainly not capable of single handedly winning a test match, a feat with Starc has already achieved.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (September 11, 2013, 8:07 GMT)

Mitty2 - You're the only one talking any sense. These so-called experts have no idea - merely speculating without supporting their statement with facts. Starc is the least-deserving fast bowler since Hilfenhaus. It's pretty obvious that our best bowler is Harris. Following that, Faulkner, Bird and Pattinson have the most potential to be future greats whilst Siddle is great to have in the squad, but will never be the Steyn/Philander/Harris class that you need to get to no.1 in the world. No team has ever dominated at no.1 for a long period of time without at least 2 all-time great bowlers. WI's had a bucket-load lead by Marshall, Ambrose etc, Aus had McGrath and Warne, supported by Gillespie & Fleming. SA currently have Steyn & Philander and will stay at no.1 for several more years as a great side. The best 8-11 would be Faulkner/O'Keefe, Pattinson, Harris, Bird. Mind you, Pattinson and Bird were disappointing in England, but they only had a handful of games and played through injury.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (September 10, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

@Mitty2 - Starc is a developmental player - this is where he gains experience on the international scene. The injury sets back the longer term plans. Your right given the depth though and its an opportunity for another player to step forward - although MJ is probably leading the race at the moment.

Posted by Mitty2 on (September 10, 2013, 12:37 GMT)

Starc has not averaged under 30 in a single series he's ever played in... How exactly will it shake up any plans especially considering our phenomenal quick bowling depth? Excited to see Sayers, Mcdermott and Cutting this summer...

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