Daren Lehmann, the former Australian great and now offering his time to coach the national cricket team believes that the young fast bowling sensation Mitchell Starc, who had been the nightmare of batsmen during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2016 and also ended up with the highest wicket taker of the tournament that obviously helped his side lifting the trophy, has all the talent in the world to get 300 test wickets.
He believes that the only thing that can stop him is his fitness issues, if not managed properly.
Starc has been the spearhead of Australia’s fast bowling department over the years but he missed the latter half of Australia’s test summer due to an ankle injury that also made him miss the ICC T20 world cup 2016 where his side ended up being the quarterfinalist where they were knocked out by the Host India who was later on knocked by the champions West Indies in the semifinals.
Starc same back into the Australian side during the recently finished Tri-Series where he once again helped his side winning the trophy by beating the hosts West Indies in the final.
Starc is now all set to make a comeback into the test series on the edge against Srilanka and Lehmann believes that he is going to be the key to them during the tour. Lehmann stated if he stays on the park there is no doubt he can get to the 300 test wickets milestone, he added the difficult part is that he plays across all the formats with test cricket to be its highest priority apart from the one days and the world cups so it is a big challenge for all the coaching staff to take care of his fitness.
Lehmann added that the Australian pitches favors reverse swing and spinners, so Starc’s ability to move the old ball both ways is going to be a vital asset for him during the test series against Srilanka.
Apart from the national coach, Starc has also impressed the bowling coach for the series against Srilanka the former South African bowler Allan Donald as he also believes that his 150+ Kph deliveries are going to be a threat for the SriLankan batsmen.