WA Today – Returning Australian paceman Mitchell Starc was significantly down on pace during the opening day of the final Ashes Test as questions surfaced about the quick’s fitness after his speeds dropped below 130km/h at times.

Summary

  • Returning Australian paceman Mitchell Starc was significantly down on pace during the opening day of the final Ashes Test as questions surfaced about the quick’s fitness after his speeds dropped below 130km/h at times.
  • Selectors were assured Starc would be 100 per cent fit for the New Year’s Test but given what the left-armer dished out on Thursday, Australia’s spearhead did not look himself.
  • “Their seam bowlers have looked down in pace, particularly Starc who has been around four miles per hour down compared to previous Tests.
  • Australia always look to pick their best team but there was a view that selectors were better off resting Starc for the SCG dead rubber to recover for an important four-Test series in South Africa.
  • Meanwhile, two months ago there were question marks over whether Australia’s fast bowling cartel – Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins – would make it to the end of this Ashes series together.


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