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Starc dismisses comparisons with Johnson

Press Trust Of India |September 30, 2011, 5:19 PM IST
Starc dismisses comparisons with Johnson

Chennai: New South Wales pacer Mitchell Starc refused to be compared to his Australian compatriot Mitchell Johnson, saying he has not modelled his bowling action on anyone.

"No, I haven't modelled myself on Mitch. Though in the past couple of years I've been compared with him," said Starc at a press conference on Friday.

"I've spoken a fair bit to him and have had an opportunity to play with him during the tour of India last year (Starc was part of the Australian squad that played three ODIs in India in October last year). To have been able to bowl in India was a big plus for me," he added.

Starc said he was not upset at missing out on a place in the Australia squad, which is scheduled to tour South Africa next month.

"I've not really been disappointed, I didn't really expect a call. But it's a good news for Pat Cummins and James Pattionson. I've returned to cricket after eight months off due to injury. I am only 21, so there's a lot of time and hopefully, I can fight my way back into the side," he said.

Starc was overlooked for the tour of South Africa but his NSW teammate and fellow pacer Pat Cummins got a call.

Meanwhile, the Australian, who is currently representing NSW in the Champions League T20 tournament, said playing in the subcontinent is quite different from playing at home.

"The difference has been the heat here. And also back home, the wickets have a bit more pace and bounce," he said.

Asked if he have had any exchange of ideas with Doug Bollinger, who also represents NSW in the Australian domestic circuit but is playing for Chennai Super Kings in this tournament, Starc said, "Yeah, we've had some interactions. He is staying over here but playing for Chennai in this competition, so we're ready to go against him."

Starc agreed that it was a conscious effort to deliver bouncers against Trinidad and Tobago in their last game on an unresponsive pitch.

"It's just some of the players that you come up against."

"The bouncer can be a very good ball to bowl. It's a good attacking ball for us sometimes," said Starc.

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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