Starc can take 300 test wickets, believes Lehmann


The young left-arm Aussie pacer, Mitchell Starc has the capability of taking 300 wickets in test cricket, believes Australian coach, Darren Lehmann.

Lehmann thinks that if Starc’s fitness and workload is managed wisely, he will go on to feature among the top bowlers in test cricket.

The 26-year old missed the whole second half of the Australian summer and the World T20 event in India due to his ankle injury. However, the lethal left-arm bowler has made his comeback in an impressive fashion in the tri-nation ODI series against West Indies and South Africa.

Starc is ready to lead Australian pace attack on their tour to Sri Lanka, where pitches will be much on the slower side and favourable to spinners, however, his ability to reverse swing the ball will keep him in the game.

Lehmann told the Age about Starc, “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.,” he added.

Former South African pacer, Allan Donald, who will be performing duties of Australia’s bowling coach during Sri Lanka tour, also showed complete faith on the him.

“Starc’s the one, without a shadow of doubt,” Donald told Cricket Australia. “He’s a 150 (kph) bowler, he’s done it in the World Cup and in Twenty20 cricket. I’ve seen him destroy top orders, middle orders, lower orders doing that same thing from both sides. That’s where he is at, and that’s why he is the leading fast bowler in the world right now.”

The first test match between Australia and Sri Lanka will start from July 16 at Pallekele.