Lehmann tips Starc to hit 300 wicket mark


Australia coach Darren Lehmann has tipped fast bowler Mitchell Starc to reach 300 Test wickets, as long as his workload and fitness is managed properly across the three formats.

Starc currently has 91 Test wickets in 25 matches, so still has a ways to go, but the coach thinks Starc has the talent to be one of the greats. He plays ODI and T20 cricket too though, and is prone to injury.

Starc recently returned after six months on the sidelines due to ankle surgery, and has had bone spurs in his feet a few times, so Lehmann feels it is vital to keep tabs on Starc's workload.

'Boof' said in The Age: "If he stays on the park, he could [take 300 wickets].

"He plays all formats – that is the hardest part for him, managing him through that is going to be our challenge as a coaching staff and selection panel, making sure high-priority Test tours, one-day tours, World Cups and all that, are going to be high on the agenda, and making sure he is fit and available for those.

"He has had a big lay-off. For him to come back and then do what he did [in the West Indies], as always, he gets wickets… for us it was a pretty good tick-the-box exercise where he got through and looking forward to the next phase of Test cricket."

Starc's next assignment is the Test tour to Sri Lanka this month, with the first Test starting on 26 July in Pallekele.