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Mitchell Starc backs young Australia pacers to step up against India

By: Cricketnext Staff

Last Updated: January 08, 2016, 09:59 IST

A file picture of pacer Scott Boland. (Getty Images)

A file picture of pacer Scott Boland. (Getty Images)

Starc has backed young pacers Scott Boland, Joel Paris and Kane Richardson to come up good in the upcoming limited-overs series against India.

Australia’s star fast bowler Mitchell Starc has backed young pacers Scott Boland, Joel Paris and Kane Richardson to come up good in the upcoming limited-overs series against India.

The hosts have included uncapped fast bowlers Boland and Paris while South Australia paceman Richardson has been recalled to their 13-man squad for the first three ODIs following injuries to front-line fast bowlers, including Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Peter Siddle.

The 25-year-old Starc, who recently had right ankle and foot surgery after breaking down during the day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide last November, said it’s a huge opportunity for the young fast bowlers to cement their spot in the team.

“They’ve been bowling really well in state cricket for a number of years now and it’s a huge opportunity to get their foot in the door," Starc was quoted as saying by Cricket.com.au.

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“It’s a chance for them to try to cement a spot with a few injuries and a bit of a changing time in the bowling stocks," he added.

Australia will miss the services of injured Starc, Pat Cummins and retired Mitchell Johnson - all part of the World Cup winning squad - in the series against India and the subsequent T20 World Cup that starts in March.

Starc also said there were plenty of positives in the ongoing Big Bash T20 League.

“The Big Bash has been fantastic. We’ve seen some of the young guys like Joel (Paris) come through and bowl really well.

“Kane Richardson has bowled really well at the death. I’m excited to see what he’s going to bring to ODI cricket on his return," he said.

“Jason Behrendorff has come back from injury, started really well in the Big Bash. There’s a few guys around that level at the moment and will do a great job for Australia in the next few months," he was quoted by the website.

World champions Australia are set to take on India in a series comprising five one-day internationals and three Twenty20s, starting from January 12.

first published:January 08, 2016, 09:59 IST
last updated:January 08, 2016, 09:59 IST