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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc has said that he, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are ready to establish themselves as the pace quartet to be feared in international cricket.
With Starc being the oldest at 27, the quartet have plenty of years ahead of them, barring serious injuries, which have plagued the careers of Cummins and Pattinson thus far.
However, with all four pace bowlers healthy and in superb form, Starc pointed out that they will make their presence felt at the Champions Trophy in England next month before putting on a show in front of their home fans at the Ashes later this year.
“We’ve had our issues with injury but Patty’s only just turned 24 — I’m 27 and I’m the oldest — so we’ve still got plenty of time to wreak havoc on batsmen around the world,” Starc said. “Hopefully that starts with the Champions Trophy and then onwards to the Ashes later in the year.”
Meanwhile, Starc revealed that he is raring to make his comeback after he sustained a stress fracture in his foot midway through the four-Test series against India earlier this year.
“It hasn’t taken too long to get some of the rhythm back in the bowling, the body’s feeling good and [I’ve] had some good time in the gym getting some strength back,” he said. “It’s been a pretty positive little period of rehab I guess.”
Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson were all earmarked to become the next big thing from an early age, but since the quartet have never had the chance to really gel as a unit, Starc is hoping all that will change at the Champions Trophy in June.
“We’ve sort of grown up and come through the ranks together, but haven’t had the chance to be in the same squad together,” he said.
In addition to possessing serious pace, Starc added that he, Hazlewood, Cummins and Pattinson are also capable of inflicting damage with the bat.
Should the national selectors share Starc’s views, it is likely that Australia could use the quartet to form their lower order batting line-up.
“I think the fact that we can all bat presents a stronger case for that,” Starc said. “Jimmy Pattinson’s averaging about 80 in his last 10 first class games, Josh is very capable with the bat, Cummins very capable, and I know one end of the bat.
“You’ve got four guys fit and we can sort of work off each other, if some guys have higher workloads, you can bring the other one in and keep everyone fresh that way. There’s a couple of options there which is exciting, to keep us fit for a long time.”