The ongoing match between Australia and England has set in motion the ashes 2023 on a high note with both sides looking to get an early lead in the series. While both teams have shown great performances with the bat, Australia’s bowling performance has left a lot to be desired in the absence of Mitchell Starc.
Nasser Hussain, the former captain of the England cricket team, believes the inclusion of left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc would have greatly benefited Australia with his exceptional all-around skills during the opening Ashes 2023 Test at Edgbaston.
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Based on Hussain’s analysis, Starc’s presence would have proved invaluable to the Australian team. Hussain highlighted Starc’s prowess as a fast shooter and credits his ability to make significant contributions to multiple aspects of the game.
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The former England captain emphasizes Starc’s ability to swing bowling, a skill that could have posed a significant threat to English batsmen.
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Mitchell Starc with those goalies and yorkers… – Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain highlighted the resilience of England’s tailenders on Day 4 as they managed to add crucial runs, roughly 60, in partnership over the last three wickets, leading to frustration for the Australian team. The former cricketer expressed his belief that the inclusion of Mitchell Starc in the Australian line-up could have been very advantageous in dealing with the tailenders.
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Hussain recognized Mitchell Starc’s ability to be deadly against lower-level hitters, a skill he has shown in recent years. According to Hussain, Starc’s presence would have added an extra dimension to Australia’s bowling attack, particularly in dismantling the tailenders. Given Starc’s past performances against the lower order, the inclusion of him could have significantly reduced England’s tail of contributing vital runs.
“The one person missing from Australia that we probably don’t talk about enough is Mitchell Starc. Those 60 runs that England’s last three made yesterday, if you get to the previous Ashes, who’s been blowing England’s tail? Starc with gorillas and Yorkers. He would have scored a few runs with the bat, too.”
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Australia will be hoping to defend their total against England in the last two extended sessions of the fifth day of the Test match after the first session was abandoned early due to rain.
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