There won't be any let up in aggression - Mitchell Starc
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc has issued a warning to his Ashes rivals, stating that there will not be any breathing space for the hosts during the five-match series, which starts on Wednesday in Cardiff.
With a fast bowling unit that is high on pace as well as swing, Starc believes that Australia has the ammunition to unsettle the English batsmen.
"Having some guys who can bowl some good heat - and we can swing it - it is always good to see those batsmen jumping around and making life hard for them," said Starc.
"When you have a few guys who can consistently bowl over 140kph (87mph), that is great to have because there is no respite.”
Veteran seamer Ryan Harris’ sudden retirement now means there is a bigger responsibility on the young pacers like Starc as well as Josh Hazlewood.
While he is confident of delivering the goods for Australia along with Hazlewood, Starc backed pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson to repeat his heroics of the previous Ashes series.
Although the conditions in England aid swing, Starc insists that there will be no holding back in terms of pace from his team’s bowlers.
"We will have Mitch Johnson coming in, who has terrorised England in Australia.
“Then Josh and I are following on and can hopefully both push it up a decent pace as well."
Starc has had an incredible turnaround since the start of 2015 which saw him end up as the man of the tournament in Australia’s victorious World Cup campaign.
While he has increased his bowling speeds lately, the left-arm pacer attributed his stupendous success in recent times to the accuracy that he has gained in the last one year.
Dwelling on his bowling, the 25-year-old now feels confident enough to bowl even on the flattest of pitches.
"I have probably gained a yard or two but for me it is that consistency, which is what I was questioned about for a long time and tried to find," he said.
"There is that confidence in myself now that in a pretty dead, lifeless wicket I can produce consistently.
"Now over the last six months, it is really getting to the point where it needs to be in terms of being able to swing the ball for a while.
"It is all merging into one and I am starting to see results."
An Ashes series is always likely to have verbal aggression on the field but Starc doesn’t think it suits his style of play.
Starc maintained that he will not be getting into a war of words with the English batsmen during the five-match series.
While on-field aggression is a hallmark of most Australian pacers, Starc hopes to let his bowling do the talking.
"I am not one to chirp the batsmen, I am just trying to concentrate on bowling and do my own thing," he said.
"I am not the same all-out aggression like Mitch (Johnson), and am not going to change the way I play cricket just for one series.
"I am still going to be trying to do the same thing I have done over the past 12 months, to play some good cricket."
Starc has minimal experience in English conditions having featured for Yorkshire in a season that was marred by visa problems for him.
However, the county stint allowed Starc to have a close look at three English batsmen who will be featuring in this Ashes series - Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Adam Lyth.
While his experience in English conditions is minimal, Starc hopes to provide inputs to the Australian team management regarding his three former Yorkshire team-mates.
"I spent a lot of time with them in those three months when I was here," Starc recalled.
"They have gone on to bigger things now, playing for England, and done well.
"I only played one and a half (County) Championship games with them, so for us it is more for the way we have watched them play in the last (Test) series against New Zealand.
"We will definitely sit down and discuss the whole line-up, not just those three, before the first Test, but I will be giving all that I know about them.”
Cardiff has hosted only a single Ashes Test which was back in 2009 when the two teams battled it out for what eventually ended up as a draw.
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