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I can’t wait to bowl at England on a fast pitch, Starc says

Email The Ashes: England's efforts on a slow deck fuel Mitchell Starc's desire for another crack at the batsmen

Posted November 24, 2017 21:27:02

Photo: Mitchell Starc says Australia will fancy its chances against England's batsmen on a faster deck. (AAP: Dave Hunt) Related Story: Test delicately poised after day two, with Smith, Marsh rescuing the Aussies Related Story: As it happened: Aussies restore order after day two at the Gabba Map: Brisbane 4000

Australian paceman Mitchell Starc has signalled his desire to get another crack at England's batsmen on a faster wicket than the first Ashes Test deck at the Gabba.

England has taken a cautious approach to the game, scoring 4-196 on day one at less than two and a half runs an over, before lifting the tempo slightly on day two to be all out for 302 at lunch, at a run-rate of 2.59 an over.

Australia finished day two on 4-165, with Steve Smith on 64 not out and Shaun Marsh on 44 not out.

"I can't wait to bowl on a fast wicket against these [England] guys if that's the way they're going to play on a slow wicket," Starc told Grandstand after day two.

External Link: Mitchell Starc interview

"It's going to be great for us to take them on on a fast wicket and see how they react."

The Australians tried some short-pitched bowling on day two and a number of England batsmen fell trying the pull shot.

Tim Paine and Shaun Marsh hug each other following the dismissal of Jonny Bairstow. Photo: Australia took a couple of wickets off short-pitched bowling, including Tim Paine's (L) catch to dismiss Jonny Bairstow. (AAP: Dave Hunt)

"We had to find a way. It's probably not a [Gabba] wicket that we're used to," Starc said.

"It started off on day one a lot slower than it normally does, and hasn't got all that much quicker over the course of today, so I guess a bit more sunshine and it might get a bit quicker.

"[We had to] change a few game plans there and one was a bit of short-pitched bowling.

"We got a couple of wickets that way, and I think Gazza [Nathan Lyon] bowled fantastically well again, to finally get a few rewards there late."

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