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Mitchell Starc back to his best - Joe Burns

Mitchell Starc was named in the ODI squad for the West Indies tri-series.
Mitchell Starc was named in the ODI squad for the West Indies tri-series.
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Australian opening batsman Joe Burns reckons that Mitchell Starc is very close to being back at his absolute best after facing him in the nets at the National Cricket Centre (NCC) in Brisbane.

Starc underwent a surgery last year to treat his long standing ankle injury and is expected to return to action in the tri-nation series in the West Indies.

Burns faced Josh Hazlewood and Starc at the NCC last week on specially prepared spin-friendly wickets to get the Australian batsmen accustomed to the conditions which they will face in Sri Lanka later this year.

After facing Starc, who was bowling from his full run up and at his regular pace, Burns said that it was a scary experience at times, but it was good to see the left-arm pacer return to his best.

“He’s bowling very fast, very accurately and swinging it,” Burns told cricket.com.au.

“I think he’s bowling close to his best.

“There were some very scary days facing him, but it’s just great to see him back on the park and bowling express speeds.

“He’s got that ability with the new ball to almost skid it off the lower wickets as well.

“So he’s still as challenging in those (sub-continental) conditions as he is on the Australian wickets I reckon.”

Having played 10 Test matches for Australia so far, Burns currently has 838 runs from 17 innings at an average of 49.29 including three centuries and four fifties.

In 2015, Starc was the best bowler across the three formats of the game with 88 scalps from 30 matches at an average of 21.04.

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