Mitchell Starc, another tall threat to India

One can well imagine how a batsman would feel when a 6 feet 5 inch comes running in, ready to hurl the cherry at 140 kmph. Will Indias wickets turn out to be the Aussies graveyard?

updated: February 09, 2013 14:31 IST
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From the Australian Glenn McGrath to Mohammad Irfan from Pakistan, whether playing at home or away, India have a history of finding it a tad difficult while facing towering fast bowlers. And, that is something Australia would be keeping in mind when they take on India in a four-match Test series starting in Chennai on February 22. Even if not the whole pace bunch, at least one of Australia's leading pacers in recent times -- Mitchell Starc -- will surely be a force to reckon with in the upcoming series.

Starc has been the pick of the Australian bowlers of late. The left-armer has scalped 19 wickets across all the formats of the game so far this year - including two five-wicket hauls against the West Indies at home. He is also known for bowling sizzling opening spells. Starc made his international debut against India in an ODI on October 20, 2010, in Visakhapatnam. The fact that he went wicket-less will dawn on his mind when he starts in the Chennai Test.

Since his debut, the 23-year-old from New South Wales has improved a lot as a bowler and has been an automatic choice in the Australian Playing XI. The speedster has so far played seven Test matches, bagging 28 wickets at an average of 29.32 after he made his Test debut in 2011 against New Zealand. He was, however, dropped after an unimpressive two-match series. But Starc proved himself during a Test against South Africa at Perth, where he scalped his first five-wicket haul, finishing with eight wickets in the match!

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