Australian pace spearhead, Mitchell Starc, has confirmed that he is ready and feels energetic for the second test match against Pakistan, which will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 26.
Starc said that he has no issue from his side for the second test and was looking forward to the Boxing Day Test at the MCG. On Friday (December 23), the pacer told the reporters in Melbourne, "I think the last ball I bowled in that Test match, which was in the 56th over, was 149 clicks (km/h) so (there's) no issues on my end. You'd have to ask the other quick’s if they're any different, but I think the Boxing Day Test just gets everyone up and ready to go. From what I've seen around the guys the last day-and-a-half, everyone's feeling pretty good (and) recovered really well. There's no reason why anyone would be missing out due to injury or rest, as far as I know."
In spite of Australia's first Test win, pressure is on the newcomer Nic Maddinson, who has scored just five runs in his first three innings. But Starc feels that his New South Wales teammate deserved another chance to prove himself. He said, "I definitely think Maddo should get another chance. In the end, it's up to the selectors but I think continued cricket, definitely at this level, can only help him.”
The fast bowler added, "It'd be a great opportunity for him on Boxing Day after we've had a couple of good wins as a unit as well (and) it'd be nice to stick together,"
Starc stated about Australia's narrow 39-run victory against Pakistan, "There are always things we can do better, no matter what game, but ... we still won. It doesn't matter what you win by - you don't get any more points for winning earlier, later, even though it's nicer to win earlier. We led the game the whole way through; we sort of controlled it the whole way through. If you gave me the same result in this game, I'd take it,"