Waugh: Starc can go far in Test cricket


Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is excited about fast bowler Mitchell Starc's emergence in recent months, saying the paceman has the ability to be a threat in Test cricket as well, despite shining mostly with the white ball.

Starc was the man of the tournament at the World Cup, taking over 20 wickets as his side won the event. He was also influential in the Big Bash League, and will be part of the Ashes tour to England in mid-2015.

Waugh told the Australian Press Association of Starc's superb form: "That’s a big thing for Australia.

"We've got so many bowlers at our disposal that we're capable of winning every Test match because we can take 20 wickets.

"But I think Starc will go to that next level in Test cricket as well. I think we've got the best young group of quicks we may have ever had in Australian cricket.

"And if they all get fit, and guys like Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle are around those young quicks, then we're going to take 20 wickets."

Waugh also felt that spinner Fawad Ahmed, who can now play for Australia after getting citizenship, following his move from Pakistan as a refugee, has a very bright future and is eager to see how the leggie goes on the international stage.

He said of Fawad: "I saw him bowl one ball in one of his first games and I knew he had something special. He’s going to be a real asset to Australian cricket.

"He'll slot in that squad no problems. They all know each other well, there’s a lot of support staff around, including Darren Lehmann, and he seems to feel comfortable in the Australian squad which is important."