Mitchell Starc will look to transform his Test form into the ODIs as well © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc will look to transform his Test form into the ODIs as well © Getty Images

Mitchell Starc had an excellent Test series against Australia, picking up 24 wickets in the series. Former Australia great Craig McDermott believes that Starc is a complete package and his should be the first name on the team sheet for Australia across formats. Australia suffered a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Sri Lanka, but Starc was the most impressive bowler for Australia, finishing second behind Rangana Herath in the series in terms of wickets. Starc played Test cricket for the first time since the day-night Test against New Zealand at Adelaide and the fast bowler has made a triumphant return to cricket. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st ODI at Colombo (RPS)

“I think he [Starc] has come a long way in the last 18 months, two years,” McDermott told The Unplayable Podcast. “The Ashes before that [the 2015 series in England] his red-ball bowling wasn’t up to scratch but he his red-ball bowling is right up there now. He’s the best one-day bowler and T20 bowler in the world.  He’s a complete package and can smack the ball and is a great fielder. He’d have to be No.1 picked in our team for all three forms going forward.”

Former South Africa bowler and current Australia coach Allan Donald says that the 11 eickets that Starc picked up at Galle was the best performance by a fast bowler, which he has seen. READ: Australia look to restore battered pride in ODI series against Sri Lanka

I think that’s probably the best I’ve seen,” Donald told Ten Sports. “[In terms of] sustainability and his pace was right up. I think his last wicket, the 11th wicket, was 148kph late in the day. Swinging it both ways”.

“That’s got to go down as probably the best I’ve seen. And a great credit to his stamina, his skill, and just being relentless all day. He’s got the world at his feet, there’s no doubt.  I know that he’s a very humble bloke and he’s got that greatness written all over him. It’s just a matter of keeping him fit and healthy for years to come,” Donald added.