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Gillespie believes 'absolute wicket taker' Starc has 'come of age as a pacer'

Sydney, Sun, 07 Oct 2012 ANI

Sydney, Oct. 7 (ANI): Retired Australian cricketer Jason Gillespie has hailed Mitchell Starc as a fast learner, and believes he would be the top cricketer on the Australian side as they gear up to face South Africa's world-beating Test attack at the Gabba later in the year.

Starc was placed in the care of Gillespie at Yorkshire this winter with detailed instructions from Cricket Australia (CA) on how many balls he should bowl and when, and dictating when he should rest.

"He would certainly be in my first-Test team. Left-arm variety is good for Australia, and from a selection point of view he ticks a lot of boxes. The left-armer creates rough for the right-arm spinner, so that is one small factor. The fact is he bowls 90 miles an hour and swings the ball," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Gillespie, who is currently the coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, as saying.

Gillespie said that among the rising Australian pace pack, Starc is perhaps the 'most improved' player, and claimed that a lot of credit should be given to him for sticking to the tough practice routine.

"It was quite strict and we had to adhere to that, and we did, and Mitch has to take a lot of credit for it," Gillespie said.

"He's an absolute wicket taker. He keeps it pretty simple, really, he runs in and hits the track up front. He bowls over and around the wicket and he bowls fast, full and straight," he added. (ANI)

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