Daily Mail UK – A fully-fit Mitchell Starc has declared himself ready to grind out long spells in the searing Dubai heat while backing Peter Siddle to return to Australian honours in the first Test against Pakistan.

Summary

  • A fully-fit Mitchell Starc has declared himself ready to grind out long spells in the searing Dubai heat while backing Peter Siddle to return to Australian honours in the first Test against Pakistan.
  • Starc missed the final Test of the doomed South Africa tour with a stress reaction in his lower leg and was forced to also sit out the IPL and limited-overs tours of England and Zimbabwe.
  • Starc has also been named in a 14-man squad to play three T20s against Pakistan in Dubai and Abu Dhabi after the two Tests.
  • Starc’s immediate focus is on delivering with the red ball, a task he could share with 33-year-old Siddle should selectors back in the 211-Test wicket veteran.
  • “He’s been away for a little bit but taken a lot of wickets in cricket in Australia and over in England as well,” Starc said.


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