<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Ashes 2013: Mitchell Starc confident of keeping Australia alive" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130729143301.jpg" title="Ashes 2013: Mitchell Starc confident of keeping Australia alive" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Mitchell Starc, who played in the first Test at Trent Bridge, was dropped for the Lord's Test. He is hoping to make a return for the third Test after James Pattinson was ruled out due to injury © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Jul 29, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian fast bowler <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Starc/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Starc</a> is confident of keeping <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia</a> alive in the ongoing Ashes series with his left-arm swing, if the selectors pick him to fill the spot left vacant by James Pattinson <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Ashes-2013-James-Pattinson-ruled-out-of-series-due-to-back-injury/29208" target="_blank">due to injury</a>.<br /> <br /> "I've got that point of difference with the left-arm. You've just got to do what you can to take wickets and perform in the game and let the selections take care of themselves," he said.<br /> <br /> "You never want to miss a game at all. It's always a little bit disappointing to miss out on any game of cricket but it was my turn to miss out I guess," he said, as reported by <em>Sydney Morning Herald.</em><br /> <br /> "I just have to do everything I can to get myself ready."<br /> <br /> Starc had a slow start in the <a href="/tags/Trent-Bridge/post" target="_blank">Trent Bridge</a> Test but finished with five wickets in the match. Yet, he was dropped for the Lord’s Test.<br /> <br /> In Australia's tour match against Sussex at Hove, Starc found his rhythm again. He and <a href="/tags/Jackson-Bird/post" target="_blank">Jackson Bird</a> are set to fight it out to make it to the squad for the third Test starting on Thursday.