Nathan Lyon feels that Starc will come out all guns blazing in day-night Test © Getty Images
Nathan Lyon feels that Starc will come out all guns blazing in day-night Test © Getty Images

Melbourne: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon has backed his fellow teammate Mitchell Starc to continue his rampaging form with the new pink ball in the historic day-night Test against New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, which starts on Friday. Pace spearhead Starc recently bowled fastest spell of his career during the second Test against New Zealand and consequently entered an elite band of fast bowlers who have clocked above 160 km/h. Lyon said that the 25-year-old pace merchant was eagerly waiting to play with the new ball, News.com.au reported. Lavishing praise on Starc, Lyon said the former is on top of his game as he is bowling extremely well and with full intensity. SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand 2015, 3rd Test at Adelaide

Australia are currently leading the three-match series 1-0 against New Zealand following their 208-run win in the first Test. The second Test ended in a draw. Earlier,Australian fast bowling legend Glenn McGrath said that paceman Mitchell Starc should not get distracted by the criticisms against him and should instead use them as fuel to prove his doubters wrong. The left-hander received scathing remarks in the first Test against India in Brisbane last year and was labeled as ‘soft’ by spin legend Shane Warne. McGrath said in his autobiography ‘Test of Will’ that a fast bowler can use the criticism to his advantage if he ignores the headlines and outcry that come out because of poor performance, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. ALSO READ: Trent Boult has bowled with full intensity in nets, says Mike Hesson

The three-time World Cup winner also said that although Starc knows his ‘one-day game inside out’, he said that the left-hander still needed to develop his red-ball game.