Mitchell Johnson believes Mitchell Starc can break the record of Dale Steyn and James Anderson of most wickets in Tests    Getty Images
Mitchell Johnson believes Mitchell Starc can break the record of Dale Steyn and James Anderson of most wickets in Tests Getty Images

Australia s former pacer Mitchell Johnson predicts Mitchell Starc will continue his success in Test arena. The time when these South Africa confronted Australia in Test series, Johnson was at the top and has mentioned Starc will pass the 400-wicket barrier. Johnson completed his career with 313 wickets from 73 Tests and has predicted the 26-yeafr-old can cause futher headache to the opposite team. Starc has claimed 115 wickets from his 28 matches since his debut in 2011. However, South Africa s ace pacer Dale Steyn has 416 wickets, going past Shaun Pollock as South Africa s leading Test wicket-taker. As for Starc, he was the only bowler who shone in 3-0 loss to Sri Lanka in August, bagging 24 wickets. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Australia vs South Africa, 1st Test at Perth

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Johnson said, I said to someone the other day, he will overtake Dennis and (me) and he will do that pretty quickly. He will be contesting Dale Steyn’s record. Dale has played 80-odd Tests and has 400. Starc is on that track at the moment. He is getting five wickets a Test. He has got the pace and he has got the bounce. He is going to be in his prime over the next few years which makes it even more scary.” Johnson bagged 22 wickets the last time these teams met in 2014, that includes 12-wicket haul in first Test as the tourists prevailed 2-1. With the first Test being held at W.A.C.A Stadium in Perth on Thursday, Starc will be the key man after being sidelined due to injury for ODI series against South Africa.

At the moment, Steyn and James Anderson of England are the only bowlers who have secured 400 wickets in Test cricket. Only 13 bowlers have claimed more than 400 scalps in Test history, including Australia legends Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. And Johnson believes Starc could one day find himself amongst them, His (Starc’s) one-day and short-form results have been awesome but it was in Tests that he didn’t get that rhythm. He kept coming in and out of the team and he had a season, when I first came back into the team, against Sri Lanka in 2012, where he got dropped for that Boxing Day Test because they needed to rest him. ALSO READ: Khawaja backs Burns to make strong comeback to AUS Test squad

He concluded saying, The rotation thing was holding him back he wasn’t getting consistent cricket. Now that he is playing and fortunately he didn’t sustain any major injury with that freak accident, he is on top of his game.