Donald earmarks Starc for greatness


Former Proteas fast bowler, Allan Donald, has heaped praise on left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who he believes is destined for greatness.

The former quick is currently serving as Australia's bowling consultant while in Sri Lanka, and believes the devastation Starc imparted on the Sri Lankan batting on a slow wicket was a sure sign of how good he is.

Speaking about Starc's performance in Galle, Donald told Ten Sports: "Singlehandedly … I think that's probably the best I've seen,

"(In terms of) sustainability and his pace was right up. I think his last wicket, the 11th wicket, was 148kph late in the day. Swinging it both ways.

"That's got to go down as probably the best I've seen.

"And a great credit to his stamina, his skill, and just being relentless all day.

"He's got the world at his feet, there's no doubt.

"I know that he's a very humble bloke and he's got that greatness written all over him.

"It's just a matter of keeping him fit and healthy for years to come."

Starc became only the fourth Australian quick to take a ten wicket haul in Asia and only the second non-Asian quick to achieve the feat this century, after South Africa's Dale Steyn.

The quick took three wickets on day one fo the third and final Test, and continues to be Australia's best player on the tour.