The Indian cricket team is all set to travel to Australia for the upcoming tour to Australia next month, which will be comprising four Tests, three One-Day Internationals, and a few T20Is. Ahead of the tour, Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc revealed that he let the noise get to him when India toured to Australia two years ago, however, “couldn’t care less” now as he is gearing up for the upcoming tour.
Well, Australia lost their first-ever Test series to India at home in 2018-19, going down 1-2 and Mitchell Starc had come under the scanner for his performance after taking 13 wickets during the 4-test match series. Talking about the same to cricket.com.au, he said:
“I think I let the noise get to me, to be perfectly honest, which is a big reason why I don’t pay attention to anything now. By the end of that summer, I was just running in and trying to bowl as fast as I could, just to focus on one thing. It worked out for the last Test of that summer.”
“The noise just got to me and (so did) people who really didn’t have any part of the team, (who voiced) opinions which they’re entitled to, (but) now I just couldn’t care less what people say,” said Starc.
“I just don’t need to listen to that stuff anymore. I don’t read it and I’m a happier person for it. As long as I have people around me who I trust talking to, and (in) the changeroom as well that positive reinforcement is there no matter what.”
Further, Starc revealed that he made some technical changes during the home series against Pakistan. He revealed:
“It’s something I changed in between Shield games last year. A big part of it was around the philosophy we had in England (during the Ashes) about controlling the scoreboard and having a really tight pitch map. For me, being stuck in controlling that and still trying to bowl really fast, that’s something I didn’t quite have a huge control of coming out of England.”
“It was either trying to bowl really tight or bowl really fast. Those little changes help me do both easier and with smaller margins of error. That was the basis of the change still being able to bowl pretty fast and have better control of where I put the ball.”
“To have a couple of Shield games now, to just focus on that and continue to reinforce some of the little changes I’ve made over the last couple of months, it’s a good chance to make that happen against some good domestic players. The wickets have been quite flat here so it’s just a chance to hone those skills on wickets that aren’t offering too much.”
“You can look at it, either way, the guys over in the IPL are over there playing an extremely high level of cricket, but I get to hone my skills with the red ball.”