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“It’s another chance to sweep England in another series, so we’re not going to be letting off”
Australia left-arm pace bowler Mitchell Starc has announced that the baggy greens have to do everything in their power to ensure England don’t “leave the country with a win”.
The two arch-rivals are set to face each other in the third and final Twenty20 International in Sydney tomorrow.
“We’re going to give them nothing,” Starc said. “There’s no reason why we should let them leave the country with a win, and it’s another chance for all the boys to show what we’ve got and really dominate England again.
“It’s another chance to sweep England in another series, so we’re not going to be letting off.
“One more game until they get on that plane and I’m sure all of them are looking forward to that flight home, but we’re going to rub it in hopefully and we’re looking for another whitewash.
“I’m sure it’s been a long few months for a few of them and we’re not letting off, we’re going to make sure we send them home with their tails between their legs.”
Starc, who made his comeback from a back injury during the second Twenty20 International in Melbourne, also admitted that he hasn’t been thinking about representing Australia in Test cricket.
However, the one thought that has been dominating his mind is getting selected for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.
“[Test selection] hasn’t come into my mind,” he said. “There’s no Tests after South Africa (until October) so, for me, it’s focusing on that white ball and white-ball skills.
“I’ve still got a chance to go over to the World Twenty20. I’m not too worried about anything down the track from there.
“Hopefully, if I get a run on Sunday night I’ll bowl well again and then looking forward to that semi-final against Perth Scorchers.”
Starc added that he will be looking to take a page out of Mitchell Johnson’s book on how to have a huge impact after being sidelined for a long period of time.
“I’ve learnt a lot from Mitch over the years,” he said. “Bowling with a very high amount of aggression towards batsman – it was great to watch him go, and there’s a lot to learn from his temperament and how he’s come back from tough times.”