Sydney: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc hopes to push 100 mph mark in the upcoming home summer as he has added five kg during the off-season.
Starc is one of those bowlers to bowl a delivery around that mark. At the WACA in 2015, he bowled 160.4 kph (99.7 mph) yorker during the second Test against New Zealand.
“It would be nice but at the same time the two occasions I’ve been up around that (160 kph) mark I’ve snapped my foot,” he told cricket.com.au.
The 30-year-old is hoping to return to the top speed in the upcoming home season where they are scheduled to play four-match Test series against India.
“Hopefully that’s not the case but when everything is going well, that rhythm is happening and conditions suit, then I can get that speed gun up,” he added.
“Perhaps that extra time in the gym and extra time off I might be able to push the limits again,” he maintained.
He tweaked his action with the help of New South Wales (NSW) assistant coach Andre Adams last year and bowled with pace and control to take 29 wickets in five tests against Pakistan and New Zealand.
“I still want to bowl fast and I’m not going to compromise that but I had to find a way that I wasn’t expensive at the same time. I think that little tweak in the action has helped that,” he concluded.