Mitchell Starc warns England batsmen: ‘We can get better’

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  • Mitchell Starc warns England can expect a tougher time at the crease in Perth 
  • The 27-year-old has taken 14 wickets in back-to-back victories in first two Tests 
  • The Perth pitch is renowned as being one of the world’s quickest for bowlers
  • Australia need one more victory to regain the Ashes and take a 3-0 series lead

David Clough, Press Association

Mitchell Starc has warned England to expect an even tougher time against Australia’s bowlers in the remainder of this winter’s Ashes.

Starc has taken 14 wickets in Australia’s back-to-back victories in the first two Tests, and believes he and his colleagues are ready to step up another gear as the series moves on to Perth.

Another win, at a venue where Australia have lost just once to England and not since 1978, will be enough for the hosts to regain the Ashes with an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Mitchell Starc is ready to pile the pressure on England as they prepare for their third Test

The 27-year-old has taken 14 wickets in Australia's back-to-back victories in first two Tests

The 27-year-old has taken 14 wickets in Australia's back-to-back victories in first two Tests

The 27-year-old has taken 14 wickets in Australia’s back-to-back victories in first two Tests

Starc is licking his lips already at the prospect of putting the tourists under maximum pressure on a pitch long renowned as one of the world’s quickest – with an attack he insists has huge scope to make life even more awkward for England.

‘The exciting thing is our bowling group can still get better,’ said the 27-year-old left-armer.

‘We’ve obviously managed to take 40 wickets in the last couple of weeks and do some really good things, but I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement.’

Starc and Pat Cummins supply the out-and-out pace, while Josh Hazlewood is a metronomic seamer and off-spinner Nathan Lyon is at the top of his game as well.

It was all too much for England as they succumbed to a 120-run defeat in Adelaide on Wednesday.

The Australian fast bowler claims the hosts can get 'even better' ahead of their Test in Perth 

The Australian fast bowler claims the hosts can get 'even better' ahead of their Test in Perth 

The Australian fast bowler claims the hosts can get ‘even better’ ahead of their Test in Perth 

Starc added: ”Gazza’ (Lyon) is bowling outstandingly at the moment.

‘That allows the other three of us to do what we need to do from one end if need be.

‘Then Josh does what he does and allows Pat and me to bowl as fast as we want.

‘I hope we see a nice, fast, bouncy wicket – a WACA of old – and we can get stuck into their batters again.’

Starc says Australia are a tight-knit team on and off the pitch.

‘We’re really close mates, and I think that shows in the way we play our cricket.

‘We’re gelling really nicely and we complement each other really well.

‘The same can be said of our batters, so it’s a really exciting spot to be in.’

Jonny Bairstow fell victim to one of Starc's deliveries during day five of the second Test match 

Jonny Bairstow fell victim to one of Starc's deliveries during day five of the second Test match 

Jonny Bairstow fell victim to one of Starc’s deliveries during day five of the second Test match 

Australia need just one more victory to regain the Ashes and take an unassailable 3-0  lead

Australia need just one more victory to regain the Ashes and take an unassailable 3-0  lead

Australia need just one more victory to regain the Ashes and take an unassailable 3-0 lead

England coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root sense they are on the verge of a breakthrough win, if only they can sustain their best cricket over five days.

Starc does not appear to give that suggestion much credence, though.

‘They had to give it their all during the week to get themselves into a position to have a chase in the fourth innings – and to come up short,’ he added.

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