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Mitchell Starc opines on bazball’s sustainability ahead of Ashes
By SMCS - May 21, 2023 3:31 pm
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Mitchell Starc, veteran Australia pacer, has questioned England’s ability to maintain an aggressive approach, stating that their aggressive play makes the 2023 Ashes series exciting. Notably, the five-match Test series between Australia and England will be played from June 16 to July 31. However, England’s prospects have improved after Brendon McCullum took over as head coach and Ben Stokes was appointed as captain. They have used an aggressive style of cricket known as ‘BazBall’ and broke a series of records in their 3-0 win over Pakistan in 2022 as well.

England team
England team

“If they are 5-50, are they still coming out and swinging? Dunno,” Mitchell Starc was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “They’ve been able to maintain it for some time. Fair credit to them, it’s not just a one-off. It makes for an exciting Ashes contest. We’ll see if that’s the way they’re going to play, how it goes. From the guys I’ve spoken to this week, we’re not really buying too much into it,” he added.

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The 33-year-old veteran pacer also said that regardless of the pitch, both teams must take 20 wickets to win a Test match as well. He also stated that England may score faster than Australia, but their batting lineup is capable enough of scoring the same number of runs. Hence, Starc seemed excited about this much-awaited battle as well.

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“Have you ever seen a fast wicket in England? I don’t know if they can make them fast. They can certainly make them flat. I think it’s a bit of a smokescreen. There’s always a bit of chat around the Ashes. It’s still cricket and there are three stumps at either end. You still need to take 20 wickets to win a Test. They might score a bit quicker than we do, but there’s no reason our batting line-up can’t score the amount of runs they do. It’s going to be fascinating to be a part of. I think there’s a lot of people interested to see how it pans out,” Mitchell Starc concluded.