Starc confident Australia will step up


Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc believes the team will be ready for their do-or-die Champions Trophy clash against England at Edgbaston on Saturday, saying the Aussies always rise to the occasion when they need to.

Starc and the Australians face a must-win encounter against the hosts after both their matches at the tournament, against New Zealand and Bangladesh, were called off due to rain and they had to settle for a share of the spoils.

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With England already confirmed as one of the semifinalists, Starc is sure his side will step up to the plate.

In quotes published on Cricinfo, the left-arm paceman said: “Our record’s pretty good in tournament play.

“I reckon we probably perform at our best when we know it’s a knockout situation, when we need to really step up.

“I think that brings the best out of a lot of our players, so I think everyone’s looking forward to this fixture.”