McDermott wants Starc to shine in Test arena


Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott says he and the management of the Baggy Greens will try and find ways for Mitchell Starc to reproduce his limited overs form in the Test arena.

Over the last year left-arm quick Starc has been in irresistible form in the colour clothing for Australia, which has seen him claim the player of the tournament award at the World Cup in March.

Starc took 22 wickets at the global showpiece and impressed with the way he got the white ball to swing upfront and then consistently hit the yorker length at the back end of the innings.

In contrast to his ODI form, where he averages 18.33 after 41 matches, Starc has struggled to replicate those numbers in Test cricket, he averages 35.44 in 15 Tests.

Australia have a Test tour to the West Indies on the horizon and McDermott believes the confidence gained from his limited-overs performances will help the 25 year-old Sydney born bowler.

McDermott told "That's something we'd be looking at him to do, bring that form. He's gone to the IPL and gone on his merry way. His confidence is at an all-time high, so we'll just see what happens when we get to the West Indies and go from there.

"It's been his consistency and bowling a good line and length. He's been able to hone that in the 50-over game in the last 12 months, and in the T20 stuff he bowls a lot of yorkers and around-the-wicket reverse stuff as well, either for Australia or his IPL team (Royal Challengers Bangalore).

"He struggled in our last tour (to the West Indies) but he was very young and a development player on that tour, (and this time) we've got to make sure he's doing the same thing he’s been doing for the last nine months."