Australia’s left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has heaped praise on his team’s bowling unit, saying they were spot on in the second ODI against India. Australia hammered India by 10 wickets to level the three-match ODI series at the YS Raja Reddy Stadium in Vizag.
By India Today Web Desk: Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has heaped praise on his team’s bowling unit, saying they were spot on in the second ODI against India. Australia hammered India by 10 wickets to level the three-match ODI series at the YS Raja Reddy Stadium in Vizag.
Speaking after the match, Starc said Australia’s bowling unit was spot on in Vizag, adding the conditions helped them but the bowled in the right areas. Australia bowled India out for just 117 runs and won the match in just 11 overs.
“I think the bowling unit was pretty spot on today. The conditions did help in swinging the ball a little bit but we bowled in the right areas. Very good day with the ball and obviously the way in which Travis and Mitch came out to bat was really aggressive,” said Starc.
Speaking about getting late swing, Starc said this is a byproduct of the work he has done with the wobble seam, which has increased his pace and helped him get late swing.
“It’s something I’ve worked on for a little while. It’s almost a byproduct of the work I’ve done with the wobble seam. My action is slightly higher which has helped my arm power which in turn helps in presenting the seam a little bit better. My seam has been pretty good for the last couple of months, which is helping me swing the ball and swing it late,” Starc added.
Speaking about his role in the team, Starc said he bowls a little fuller compared to other Australian bowlers, which helps him pick more wickets, but that also means he concedes more runs. He added that his aim was to put the Indian batters on the back foot early on in the innings. Starc picked up his ninth five-wicket haul in Vizag, making him just the fifth bowler to achieve the feat.
“I bowl a slightly fuller length than the other guys, which brings in the possibility of the LBW and trying to get that ball swinging. This in turn also means that I’m a little more expensive at times but I always get those wickets. Today was a good example of that. With the powerhouse of batters that India has, my aim was to put them on the back foot,” said Starc.
With this win, Australia leveled the three-match ODI series 1-1, with the final game set to be played at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on March 22.