Mitchell Starc was the second highest wicket-taker in recently-concluded series vs Pakistan © Getty Images (FIle Photo)
Mitchell Starc was the second highest wicket-taker in recently-concluded series vs Pakistan © Getty Images (FIle Photo)

Australia‘s pacer spearhead, Mitchell Starc is pleased with the way he and Josh Hazlewood managed the workload in the last six Tests (three each against South Africa and Pakistan) and came out with flying colours. Both the pacers bowled in excess of 250 overs each, steering clear of the chances of getting a rest in between. After losing the home Test series against South Africa, Australia came to their very best and demolished Pakistan in the three-match series to gain valuable points in the ICC Test rankings and close in on No. 1-ranked India. Pakistan slipped to the 5th spot after their shabby performance Down Under.

According to Nine Network, speaking about the pace duo’s sensational performance despite getting no rest, Starc said, “It’s a Test match for Australia so you find a way to get up. It’s pretty hard work sometimes on some of these wickets, but you have to find a way. It’s a pretty good effort for us to get through the six Test matches together.” In the sensational Brisbane Test, wherein Pakistan nearly pulled off a record chase, Starc and Hazlewood bowled a combined tally of 80 overs in the fourth innings. Australia coach Darren Lehmann had hinted at giving the pair a rest, but the occasion of Boxing Day Test pushed both of them to prove their fitness and feature in the iconic fixture.

Hazlewood has walked shoulder-to-shoulder with the leader of the attack, Starc, and has even managed a better wicket haul (32 compared to Starc’s tally of 28) during this period of non-stop cricket.

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“Josh has taken a heap of wickets. He’s been phenomenal for us and allowed me to bowl as fast as I can at the other end and be aggressive”, added Starc.

It remains to be seen if they get the required rest during the five One-Day International (ODI) series, starting on January 13. Lehmann has hinted at using them sparingly and as per the demands of the conditions. In latest development, Hazlewood has already been rested from the first ODI which will be played on January 13 at Brisbane.

“They’ve had six Test matches on the trot so we’ll sum that up in the next day or two. For those guys it’s more a case of making sure we see how they pull up. They’ll play during the one-day series, no doubt about that, it’s just about how many games. (It also) depends on conditions really. The Gabba’s got some pace and bounce, so we’ll definitely have three quicks there and maybe in Perth,” concluded the coach.