Ashes 2017: Mitchell Starc warns England of expecting a Mitchell Johnson-like carnage from Australian attack

Fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage caused by Mitchell Johnson four years ago when Australia unleash their pace attack in the upcoming Ashes Tests.

AFP, Oct, 04 2017

Sydney: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc warned England to expect a repeat of the carnage caused by Mitchell Johnson four years ago when Australia unleash their pace attack in the upcoming Ashes Tests.

A fully firing Australian attack looks formidable, with spearhead Starc returning this week from a foot injury to vie for a place with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jackson Bird.

With England's top order largely unproven, Starc said it could be much like the 2013-2014 Ashes, when a moustachioed Johnson took 37 wickets with terrifying pace as Australia whitewashed the series 5-0.

Mitchell Starc emphasised on the way the Australian pacers complemented each other. Reuters

Mitchell Starc emphasised on the way the Australian pacers complemented each other. Reuters

"We've got a really solid attack and we complement each other," he said in the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Wednesday.

"If it's not me, you've got Pat Cummins who can bowl fast bouncers and Josh Hazlewood bowling consistent line and length.

"It'll be much like that attack did when Johnno took all those wickets, I think we complement each other really well.

"Throw in Jackson Bird, and Coulter-Nile is back bowling really well. So we've got five really good guys there and if Patto is fit to go, six."

A report on abc.net.au later confirmed the news of Pattinson getting ruled out of the series due to a stress fracture on his lower-back, a re-aggravation of a previous injury. The pacer added that he was "extremely disappointed" by the setback.

But England are in a state of disarray ahead of their arrival in late October.

As well as an unsettled batting line-up, they could be without talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is suspended until further notice after his arrest during a night out.

Starc believes there is a chance for Australia's bowlers to land early psychological blows on England, whose top order is relatively inexperienced aside from Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

"They've obviously got Root and Cook up the top, who have played a lot of cricket and are probably their main guys with the bat," he said.

"The guys in the top order around them are pretty inexperienced and, hopefully, we can exploit that here in our home conditions."

Despite this, Starc is not underestimating England, even without Stokes.

"He probably makes their team a bit more balanced but he's not the 'be all and end all' of their team. There's plenty of guys we need to worry about."

Published Date: Oct 04, 2017 | Updated Date: Oct 04, 2017




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