Sussex v Australians, Tour match, Hove, 3rd day July 28, 2013

Starc keen for Taylor second look

Mitchell Starc has said Australia's attack would like another chance to bowl at James Taylor in the Old Trafford Test, despite Taylor's unbeaten century against them during the tour match in Hove.

Taylor finished on 121 not out when the Sussex innings ended on the final day of the game but he was dropped twice along the way, once at slip on 23 and again when he miscued a lofted drive on 90, and he conceded that it wasn't his most fluent innings. Still, Taylor will head to Old Trafford with some confidence after the innings against an attack made up of Starc, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar.

"Probably, yes," Starc said when asked if he would like to bowl at Taylor in Manchester. "He's a good player. He's scored a few runs and has played Test cricket before. He's another player who, if he does get the chance to play, we'll assess again, but it's nice to have a look at him and how he's going at the moment in this game.

"I've played against him before. He's someone who likes to cut and pull. He's only a very small guy so we want to make sure we've got him driving. He played well. It's a good batting wicket, but he did play well."

Starc took 2 for 43 in Sussex's only innings and although his economy was good, he was occasionally wayward and appeared at times to struggle to control the swing of the ball. Jackson Bird also collected two wickets and was the pick of the bowlers, while Faulkner battled to find the right line to challenge the batsmen. One of the three fast men might be called up for Old Trafford to replace the injured James Pattinson, although a dual spin attack is also a possibility if the pitch is dry.

"We certainly weren't taking it as a bowl-off; it was just to go out there and perform, and take thought of pushing for selection out of the picture and just try to take wickets," Starc said. "We were actually surprised with how much it did swing here for Birdy and myself, and even for James Faulkner.

"It definitely swung more here than the last few times we've had the Dukes. It was a little bit tougher to control but once you get a few overs of that under your belts and adjust your lines, you should be hitting that target. It was nice to have that ball swinging for the hundred overs and keeping the ball in nice condition. That's a positive for us."

Starc said he was pleased with his efforts against Sussex and felt he had bowled well on the whole tour so far, despite being dropped for the Lord's Test to make room for Ryan Harris. It was the second time in seven months Starc had been left out of a marquee Test, having been rested for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka last summer.

"You never want to miss a game at all," he said. "It's always a little bit disappointing to miss out on any game of cricket but it was my turn to miss out I guess. I just have to do everything I can to get myself ready."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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