Starc can take 300 test wickets, if fit, says Lehmann
MELBOURNE: Australia paceman Mitchell Starc can take 300 test wickets and join the positions of the country’s extraordinary seamers in the event that he can stay fit for a considerable length of time, mentor Darren Lehmann said.
Left-armer Starc, who has 91 wickets from 25 matches, has supplanted the resigned Mitchell Johnson as Australia’s pace lead yet a progression of foot wounds have smothered the 26-year-old’s yield.
After a long lay-off after lower leg surgery, Starc made a fruitful return in the Caribbean for the one-day competition against West Indies and South Africa a month ago and will lead the assault for Australia’s three-test voyage through Sri Lanka.
Just four Australian seamers have broken the 300-wicket mark, with Glenn McGrath (563) topping the rundown in front of Dennis Lillee (355), Johnson (313) and Brett Lee (310), yet Lehmann said Starc had the qualities to join the club.
“On the off chance that he keeps focused park, he could,” Lehmann said in remarks distributed by Fairfax Media on Tuesday.
“He plays all configurations – that is the hardest part for him.
“Overseeing him through that will be our test as a training staff and choice board, and (for) high-need test visits, one-day visits, World Cups and all that … ensuring he is fit and accessible for those.”
Starc took eight wickets in the Caribbean at a normal of 21.37 from his five matches and Lehmann was charmed with the arrival after the Sydney-conceived seamer had his home summer wiped out by wounds, driving him to miss the World Twenty20.
“Glad he overcame … He said he was a tad bit corroded early yet felt better as the competition went on. It’s a decent sign,” said Lehmann.
“For us it was a really decent tick-the-container exercise where he traversed and we’re anticipating the following period of test cricket.”
Australia play the principal test against Sri Lanka at Pallekele from July 26 and Lehmann said he felt Starc’s opposite swing would tell amid the arrangement.
“He clearly has velocity, which will be imperative when the ball goes reverse. It’s vital that we keep him fit and playing. We know how great he can be,” Lehmann said.
“It’s all up to him. His capacity to thump over great batsmen furthermore thump over the tail rapidly, for us, that is a truly vital thing when you are attempting to get 20 wickets in a space of time.”