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Starc was overlooked for the series’ opener in Birmingham despite taking 10 wickets in his last Test match (against Sri Lanka in February). @ AFP

It was an uncanny sight to see Mitchell Starc mixing drinks on the sidelines during the first Ashes 2019 Test at Edgbaston and it will be even painstaking to the eye if the Australia left-arm pacer is left out in the second Test at Lord’s which gets underway on August 14 (Wednesday).

Starc, who was overlooked for the series’ opener in Birmingham despite taking 10 wickets in his last Test match (against Sri Lanka in February) and coming off a brilliant ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign where he topped the charts with 27 wickets in just 10 games, is not worried about his place in the XI so long as the urn returns home.

“We’re here to win the Ashes,” Starc told on Friday in Worcester.

“We’re not just here to make it on the park. We want to win this Ashes. Whether that’s a different bowling attack each game, or the same through five Test matches, it’s pretty exciting.”

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If that is the case, Australia’s selectors may stick with the same attack that emphatically won the first Test at Edgbaston by 251 runs. The attack included Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.

“It’s awesome to see Jimmy (Pattinson) back after what he’s been through and I guess similarly what Pat Cummins has been through previously,” said Starc.

“It’s a while ago now but to have those guys back fit and firing … it was fantastic to see him (Pattinson) playing Test cricket again. Having his body let him down and to come back and play Test cricket again was pretty special. He’s someone who Josh and I have grown up playing with and against, it was great to see him out there. ‘Sidds’ has done the hard work and made it back.

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“I think that’s really exciting from a bowling point of view, that we’re all a really close set of mates. To see your mates work it back and pull on the Baggy Green again and perform so well in the Test match, that’s exciting for us.

“It makes Josh and I have to work that bit harder to try and make it back as well, which I think you want from a whole squad.”

One area Starc revealed he’s able to find a balance is between building pressure through a consistent line and length and getting batsmen out with wicket-taking deliveries.


“We’ve got a couple of a bit more aggressive guys, a couple of holders there that build pressure and take wickets that way and a couple of guys that are probably a hybrid of both,” he said.

“We’re quite a well-rounded attack and then you throw in Nathan Lyon, who just knows how to get it done in all conditions.

“We’re prepared for all conditions whether it be flat, green, seaming, swinging, slow, fast. Again, it’s exciting to have everyone up and firing and plenty to choose from.”