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Australia left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc is willing to go the extra mile when his side take on Pakistan in a two-Test series that begins on October 7 in Dubai.
Starc is Australia’s main frontline bowler for the series as Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were ruled out of the series since they are recovering from injuries.
With Cummins and Hazlewood out, Australia recalled veteran seamer Peter Siddle, who has not played Test cricket November 2016.
Despite this, Starc is ready to bowl for longer spells to ensure the Baggy Greens do well in the United Arab Emirates.
“I haven’t had to do that before,” he told cricket.com.au as quoted by Reuters. “If I need to bowl long spells and be the only out-and-out quick, then I can definitely fill that role. We’ve got guys like (all-rounder) Mitch Marsh who’s back bowling now, I’m sure he’ll be a big part of the team with bat and ball.
“We’ve got other part-timers to call on if need be. If conditions suit spin and they go down the road of the extra spinners, I can change my role slightly again.”
Starc also admitted that he is aiming to replicate the success he had when Australia toured Sri Lanka in 2016. During that three-Test series, Starc took 24 wickets at an average of 15.16.
“It’s something I’ll probably look at and try to take little things out of to take into this series on the subcontinent with where and how I bowled – the lengths and some reverse swing,” he said. “In the UAE we’ll use the Kookaburra ball like we did in Sri Lanka – hopefully we can get it moving around and I can get a few wickets and help the team out.”