Ashes 2019: Mitchell Starc enjoys pace jostle and team success


"The conditions there have been quite bowler-friendly the last few Test matches, so I'd love another opportunity", Hazlewood said.

The England squad meets up in London on Sunday as they bid to level the series after Australia took a 1-0 lead following their 239-run win in the first Test. The attack included Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon. Apart from Starc, the other notable absentee from the playing XI was Josh Hazlewood.

Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser, who did not feature in Birmingham, however, provided a sneak peek into what they can offer as they three of them picking seven wickets between them during the practice game against Worcestershire.

Starc and Cummins were back in action for the three-day tour match at New Road this week, taking 2-56 and 3-34 respectively in Worcestershire's 201-9.

"Mitch is obviously coming off a World Cup, so it's good for him to get another red-ball bowl". The left-arm pacer had scalped 27 wickets, which was the most for any bowler in the tournament.

In a candid chat, Starc has made it clear that being a part of the playing XI isn't his primary concern and he is more than willing to watch from outside if the Aussies manage to win the retain the coveted Ashes urn.

"We're not just here to make it on the park".

Barbados-born Archer's return to full fitness is timely after fellow seamer James Anderson limped out of the opening Test of the five-match series with just four overs under his belt due to a calf problem. "It makes Josh and I have to work that bit harder to try and make it back as well, which I think you want from a whole squad", he said. Steve Smith Surpasses Virat Kohli, Stuart Broad Takes 450 Wickets & Other Records Made in Edgbaston Test. It's a while ago now but to have those guys back fit and firing... it was fantastic to see him (Pattinson) playing Test cricket again.

'Having his body let him down and to come back and play Test cricket again was pretty special. Furthermore, he scored a crucial knock of 44 runs in the first dig.