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Mitchell Starc’s his name and reverse swing will be his game when Australia take on India in the second Test in Bangalore on March 4.
Starc made his presence felt in the first innings of the first Test in Pune as he took two wickets in three balls, dismissing the in-form duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and captain Virat Kohli.
While he did not take any more wickets for the rest of the match, Starc is confident that he will pose more of a threat in Bangalore as the conditions will be a lot different.
“I can’t see it (the pitch) being too bouncy or quick because it’s a weakness of the Indian batters,” he said. “We’ll probably see it not turning as much as this (Pune) wicket has, or breaking up as quickly. For me it’s trying to use my air speed and getting that ball reversing.”
Starc also revealed that he will use the experience he gained while playing in the three-Test series in Sri Lanka last year to help him succeed in the second Test.
Australia were whitewashed 3-0 in the series against Sri Lanka, but Starc was one of the few standout players for the Baggy Greens as he took 24 wickets at an average of 15.16.
“Last year’s Sri Lankan series is probably a blueprint for the way I want to bowl over here in terms of using my air speed and really exploiting that reverse-swing to batsmen,” the 27-year-old said. “I’m sure it will be a pretty dry wicket again so that’ll probably help reverse swing and we know we’ve got huge reverse swing when we’ve got it here in India.
“If you’re moving it off the straight, it makes it hard no matter where you’re batting or if it’s home or away conditions.”
Australia hold a 1-0 lead going into the second Test after they demolished India by 333 runs in Pune.