January 15, 2012

PERTH: Young Australian pacer Mitchell Starc on Saturday took his first big step away from the shadows of namesake Mitchell Johnson by triggering India’s collapse in the second innings to all but seal the fate of the third Test and the series.

Starc grabbed two of the four wickets to fall in India’s second innings, including that of Sachin Tendulkar whom he trapped in front of the stumps.

Even as the left-arm pacer from New South Wales was swinging them in to the right-handers, the world was watching his progress with great interest.

The man who would have been most pleased with his performance – apart from Australia bowling coach Craig McDermott – is Wasim Akram.

The Pakistan legend had taken time off from his commentary schedule to give a few tips on wrist positions to the youngster in the Sydney nets. It paid off for Starc, who had Tendulkar playing down the wrong line.

Starc acknowledged Akram’s role during his interaction with the media. “I had the chance to catch up with him for half an hour in Sydney,” Starc said. “The main thing I had the chance to talk to him about was swinging the ball consistently and a bit of wrist position.

“It was only a brief chat and hopefully I can catch up with him sometime soon again, because he was a genius at what he did. It’s not going to harm me if I can chat with him about those things.

“I’ve been working on my wrist position for a while now, so it’s starting to pay off. That consistency to swing the ball is coming in now as well.”

Courtesy: Times of India

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