Starc, Johnson in contention for Adelaide

Discussion in 'Cricket Talk' started by Binning, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    [FLOAT-RIGHT][IMG-CAPTION][​IMG]Mitchell Starc was 12th man for the Gabba Test [/IMG-CAPTION][/FLOAT-RIGHT]The left-armers Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson could come into consideration for the Adelaide Test, despite Australia's strong performance in the draw at the Gabba. The selectors must decide on the most effective attack for the Adelaide Test, which starts in eight days, with James Pattinson and Peter Siddle expected to lead the bowling group again having impressed at the Gabba.However, Ben Hilfenhaus appeared below his best, having had a lead-up dominated by short-form cricket, and should the left-armer Starc perform well in the ongoing Sheffield Shield match in Sydney, he will give the selectors another option. There is even a chance Mitchell Johnson, who troubled the South Africans in 2008-09, could come into calculations following some fiery spells for Western Australia over the past few weeks.

    On his return home to Perth, Australia's coach Mickey Arthur went straight to the WACA ground to watch Johnson in action for the Warriors against South Australia. The inclusion of a left-armer, either Starc or Johnson, would also have the benefit of creating some rough footmarks that could make the offspinner Nathan Lyon a more dangerous weapon in Adelaide.

    "It's a good question and certainly worth some consideration going in to Adelaide. With the rough that might be created it could be quite good," Arthur said. "But Starcy is also on song at the moment, he's swinging it nicely, he's bowling with good pace. It's another option for us and a nice one for us bearing in mind he's a left-armer.

    "I was happy with the work that all our bowlers did [at the Gabba]. After day one I was really happy. I thought their speeds were definitely up, I thought our lines were a lot better, I thought we built a lot more pressure. I'm content with the way we went. Mitchell [Starc] is playing a Shield game at the moment. Let's see how he goes in that one and it might give us another option come Adelaide."

    One thing that is certain is that neither side will consider an all-pace attack in Adelaide. Lyon was the only specialist spinner who played at the Gabba and he was asked to do a huge amount of bowling - including a marathon 25-over spell across three sessions in South Africa's first innings - and Arthur was pleased with the way Lyon continued to flight the ball and tempt the batsmen despite being attacked early.

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  2. GBTN

    GBTN New Member


    He's trolling with his Johnson comments to make Starc bowl better
  3. Cabinet96

    Cabinet96 New Member

    Good thinking. Both have been tearing it up in FC cricket recently......

  4. Piethepker

    Piethepker New Member

    Starc has to go in for hilfy

    FORGET JOHNSON!, Maybe for ODI's but not tests
  5. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    Johnson in gun and just what Aussies need right now.....
  6. Piethepker

    Piethepker New Member

    Get out
  7. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    Yea Batsmen will get out to him :agree:
  8. Rager

    Rager Active Member Staff Member

    Agree... Gotta love Mitchi! :wub:
  9. CSB

    CSB New Member

    If Johnson gets anywhere near the test team I'm going to support England.
  10. Binning

    Binning Arkham Knight Staff Member

    :ponting2: Come on CSB show some love..
  11. GBTN

    GBTN New Member

    Yeah, you should at least admire Johnson's ass CSB
  12. CoverDrive

    CoverDrive Well-Known Member Staff Member

  13. Rager

    Rager Active Member Staff Member

    Alright, Mr. CSB. I like your honesty.