And they hope Starc
, one of the quickest bowlers in world cricket, will counter-balance the explosive performances so far by England's new young pace ace Jofra Archer when the fourth Test begins at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
insisted that he was happy to continue in the shadows if it means Australia landing the Ashes.
plain old dropped: this was a familiar cycle as far as Mitchell Starc
was concerned through the first four years of his international career.
did not find a spot in the first Ashes Test match played at Edgbaston.
But barring a spectacular collapse, Starc
's strike looked like being a footnote in the match with England 124 for one in the 18th over chasing a victory target of 224.
, Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff are tidy, while Nathan Lyon is capable of tying up one end with his spin.
When left-arm fast bowler Starc
yorked Stokes for 89, England were 177-6 off 37 overs, chasing a target of 286.
His innings slowly gained momentum, and as he closed in on a century he had begun charging at Cummins and Starc
, scoring freely and with some remarkable shots.
IT was not a good day on the pitch for England skipper Eoin Morgan - and, off the pitch, he was given both barrels for his handling of Mitchell Starc
's thunderbolts by his former team-mate Kevin Pietersen on Twitter
London: When England needed 109 runs from the last 13 overs with five wickets in hand, Mitchell Starc
produced an unplayable inswinging yorker with the last ball of the 37th over to hit Ben Stokes' off stump.
It was a total that would ultimately prove beyond the Windies, despite fifties for Shai Hope and Jason Holder, as Starc
bowled with pace and venom to take key wickets and finish with five for 46 - including a burst of four for two runs in the space of 11 balls.
But the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was unable to take advantage as umpire Chris Gaffaney was finally vindicated when the 39-year-old was pinned in front by Starc
- Hawkeye showing the ball would have clipped leg stump.