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Starc hopes to ‘swing’ with SG

Aware of the range of challenges India will offer during Australia’s upcoming fourmatch Test tour, fast bowler Mitchell Starc says he hopes to extract swing, both conventional and reverse, from the SG balls in spin-friendly conditions there.

Starc hopes to ‘swing’ with SG
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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc

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India use the SG balls in Tests on their home soil, preferring them over the Kookaburra ball, which feature in most other Test nations including Australia. And, one of his major focuses during Australia’s pre-tour camp here has been getting the feel for a different ball in his hands. 

“It’s been a while since I have been over there to play red-ball cricket, it’s been four years,” Starc said after Australia’s intra-squad practice match at the ICC Academy here. 

“It’s a different ball (there in India), so there are different challenges there to try and get it reversing and to see if it swings when it’s brand new,” said the left-arm pace spearhead.

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