Smith: Starc will be our bowling spearhead


Australia captain Steve Smith said it was now up to Mitchell Starc to take up the role of being the team's bowling spearhead following the retirement of Mitchell Johnson.

The 34 year-old Johnson walked away from international cricket after the second Test against New Zealand in Perth ended in a draw on Tuesday.

Starc though was Australia's best paceman at the WACA, taking four wickets in the first innings and bowling consistently at speeds over 145kph, with one delivery clocking over the 160kph.

Speaking about Starc after the Test, Smith said: "Hopefully he can take that extra responsibility. I thought the way he bowled this Test match was outstanding.

"His workloads were through the roof as well, I don't think he's bowled that many overs in a match before and the way he kept up his pace throughout the whole match, over 145kph the whole match, was a pretty incredible achievement on a wicket like that.

"So I was really impressed with him this match, and hopefully we can see more of that in the future."

The third and final Test of the series takes at the Adelaide Oval starting on 27 November, which will also be the first ever day/night Test match in the history of cricket.