Boland, Starc or Hazlewood – which fast bowler should miss cut for Ashes opener?


Mitchell Starc is at risk of becoming the quick under pressure to keep his spot for the Ashes after losing the new ball to Scott Boland in the World Test Championship final.

With Boland pushing to force his way into a full-strength Australian attack for the first time, the Victorian opened alongside Pat Cummins against India on Saturday.

That left Starc to be used as a first-change bowler for only the second time since 2015.

The Dukes ball is known to swing more once some of the lacquer rubs off, with Starc a proponent of the moving ball and having also bowled first-change with it once in 2019.

But when handed the ball after six overs on Saturday at The Oval, Starc was Australia’s most expensive with 0-45 from seven overs as India attempted to chase down 444 in the fourth innings.


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