‘I’d rather bowl fast than be safe’: Starc’s need for speed
STRIKE paceman Mitchell Starc has revealed the threat of injury will not stop him bowling his fastest in the upcoming Test series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
The left-handed star bowler tinkered with his action as he recovered from a stress reaction in his tibia, but refuses to sacrifice speed to avoid further damage.
Looking to improve his durability, Starc revealed to cricket.com.au he had toyed with a number of adjustments to his action over the winter. However, unhappy with the impact they had on his pace the quick came to the conclusion none of them were worth it.
"I'd rather bowl fast and be in danger of injury than be safe and bowl slow," he said.
The 28-year-old has in past years been susceptible to injury in his right leg - he has worryingly missed at least one match in Australia's last four Test series due to a right leg or foot injury.
Australia enters the upcoming Test series against Pakistan without two of their three strike bowlers - Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are recovering from minor injuries of their own. The Australian quicks are preparing for a chaotic upcoming season that features six home Test matches, a World Cup and an away Ashes series.
Starc is open to the possibility of serving as the only strike pace bowler in the Australian starting XI, an idea that was recently suggested by former Australian quick Mitchell Johnson. It was a responsibility given to Cummins during Australia's tour of Bangladesh last September, in a Test match where Australia chose three strike spinners and won by seven wickets - it was an experience Cummins described as the most difficult he's faced on a cricket field.
Australia had before this not selected a lone pace bowler in a Test team for 40 years.
"If that does happen, I've had a good preseason to get myself strong and fit," he said.
"If I need to bowl long spells and be the only out-and-out quick, then I can definitely fill that role."
Australia will play Pakistan A in a four-day tour match at Dubai starting September 29.