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Ashes not personal glory key for Starc

10th August 2019, 12:41 by Neil Foster

Mitchell Starc was happy for his fellow Australia pace bowlers despite having to watch them from the sidelines in the first Ashes Test.

Starc enjoyed a superb World Cup, ending up as the tournament's leading wicket-taker, and it seemed inevitable he would lead the Baggy Greens' red-ball attack in the Ashes opener at Edgbaston.

However, the selectors made the decision to leave out the left-arm quick, along with Josh Hazlewood, giving James Pattinson and Peter Siddle the nod instead.

It proved to be an inspired choice,after the Aussies won by 251 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

The teams will reconvene at Lord's next week for what is possibly the pivotal match of the Ashes, with victory for the men from Down Under probably the nail in the coffin for England's hopes of regaining the famous urn.

It remains to be seen if Starc is given the green light to return, but the 29-year-old will be happy as long as they take home the spoils.

"We're here to win the Ashes," he said. "We're not just here to make it on the park. We want to win this Ashes.

"Whether that's a different bowling attack each game, or the same through five Test matches, it's pretty exciting.

"It's awesome to see Jimmy (Pattinson) back after what he's been through, and I guess similarly what Pat Cummins has been through previously."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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