Clarke looking forward to Starc’s return


Former Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that while the Test side named to face South Africa will be good no matter what, the return of paceman Mitchell Starc will be vital.

Starc was not part of the ODI tour to South Africa this month, first being rested and then getting injured, and is on track for the match in Perth on 3 November.

Clarke is also sure that Josh Hazlewood, who was rested for the ODIs in which the Aussies were whitewashed, will play, with the third pace option up in the air.

Clarke said at the launch of his new book, My Story: “Whatever it is it’s going to be good team.

“I’d like to see Starcy back playing, he’ll be big for us at the start of the summer.

“Hazlewood, Lyon will be there. Mitchell Marsh will be there.

“The third quick is going to be a tough one, probably Jackson Bird or Peter Siddle are fighting for that position at the moment.

“Pat Cummins, I like the look of him the other day in the Matador (Cup) the other day but I don’t know if he’s ready for Test cricket.”

Meanwhile. opener Shaun Marsh is out of the first Test with a hamstring injury, meaning Usman Khawaja will play at the WACA.