Starc has edge over 'enigmatic' Johnson if Oz faces headache over right pace blend

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 04, 2013 10:50 hrs

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc holds an edge over fellow pace man Mitchell Johnson if the Australian selectors face a selection headache to pick the right combination of new ball bowlers in a Test match, according to cricket writer, Jamie Pandaram.

"Left-arm seamers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc had contrasting days at the SCG on Thursday, a week after Starc was rested for the Boxing Day Test where Johnson became player of the match, Pandaram wrote in his column for

"We saw in three sessions yesterday the best and worst of Johnson, who was the only frontline bowler not to claim a wicket as Sri Lanka was bowled out for 294," he added.

"Starc, returning after his enforced lay-off under Cricket Australia's player management system, showed how dynamic a force he is with 3-71," he further wrote.

Pandaram added: "Having claimed a combined 6-79 in two innings and belting 92 not out in the MCG rout last star, Johnson returned figures yesterday of 0-58 from 13 overs - the most expensive run-rate for Australia."

"In the 61st over Thirimanne slashed at Johnson's wide ball and top edged it just over Clarke at first slip to the boundary. It was that kind of day for Australia's enigmatic terror," he wrote.

"With Johnson and Starc both usually more expensive than Bird, Peter Siddle, and Ben Hilfenhaus, they can't be played in tandem when lesser pitches doesn't allow the selection of four quicks," he further added.

"And with Starc's in-swinging ability, beautifully highlighted yesterday when he took the new ball and first delivery bowled Dinesh Chandimal, Johnson looks the one most likely to miss out when that selection headache presents itself," he concluded. (ANI)

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