Australia’s premium pacer Mitchell Starc, has said that the home team has an advantage over England’s well-oiled pace attack when it comes to playing with the pink Kookaburra ball under lights in Adelaide. He believes that this experience will be extremely vital for them. Although England pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad aare no slouches themselves, having displayed considerable skills inn tracks with decent covering of grass.
Starc’s teammate at NSW, Trent Copeland, has indicated that the veteran new ball duo could trouble the Australian batsmen on a grassed-up Adelaide wicket: “They (England) are going to be really hard work here. Guys like (James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad, bowling around the wicket to a lot of our lefties and swinging the ball both ways. Even someone like Chris Woakes who pitches the ball up and swings it. I think they are pretty well suited all around the country to be honest, but here in particular it’s going to be very much like English conditions”.
When quizzed about whether conditions might suit the visiting pacers more, Starc pointed out: “I think our squad has played enough over in England to know there’s a bit more grass on the wicket, a bit like it is out here, but this is a different cricket ball. They (England) haven’t played with a pink Kooka[burra] before, I think their pink Duke (brand ball) swung quite a bit which they won’t find with the pink Kookaburra. So for us, it’s probably an advantage to have a bit of pink ball cricket under our belts with a few seasons in the Shield and a couple of Test matches”.
Starc went on: “It (the Adelaide pitch) is probably going to be as much like a Test wicket as the one we played on this week. So batters are going to have find a way to score runs, and for bowlers it’s about bowling in good spots and trying to take as many wickets as quickly as we can”.