Mitchell Starc’s Reverse Swing helped by the abrasive nature of the Karachi pitch. When asked why Australian bowlers didn’t get much reverse swing in the first Test in Rawalpindi. Starc said that one reason was that they didn’t expect the pitch in Karachi to deteriorate so quickly.
Australia paceman Mitchell Starc said on Monday that the abrasive nature of the Karachi pitch helped him and Pat Cummins gain significant reverse swing as Australia bowled out Pakistan for 148 runs in the second Test. When asked why Australian bowlers didn’t get much reverse swing in the first Test in Rawalpindi. Starc said that one reason was that they didn’t expect the pitch in Karachi to deteriorate so quickly.
“This track is much more abrasive, and the wicket footholds will also help spinners over the next two days.” I believe there are more cracks on this abrasive wicket. Which has played a significant role in our ability to achieve reverse swing.
Mitchell Starc’s Reverse Swing at the Karachi pitch
“Another factor is that the square and practice wickets here are also dry and basically mud. And the weather is also warmer and dryer than in Pindi, which has helped us reverse the ball.” Starc also stated that prior to arriving in Pakistan for their first Test tour in 24 years. Australia had done their homework, held extensive discussions, and gone through all of the scenarios they expected to face.
“Before flying out here, we spent one full day in Melbourne only bowling reverse swing because in the Ashes series. We mostly had new and hard balls and didn’t get many opportunities to revers the ball. ” The Australian veteran said he would give full credit to the Australian batters for setting up a big total. And putting their team in the driver’s seat for the next two days.
He also stated that captain Cummins had not discussed anything with him prior to the decision not to enforce the follow on on Monday.
“I think we had a lot of scenarios ahead of us because of the position we found ourselves in. And the main one is that we don’t want to bat last on this pitch.” When asked when the last time he saw the ball reverse as it did in Karachi, Starc said it happened a couple of times, most likely during the India series.
In response to a question, Starc, who took three wickets but fell short of a hat trick, said, “We are looking to improve our record in the subcontinent and away series, and we have had a lot of discussion and thorough conversations as a group in the lead up to this series and even after the Pindi Test on how to do this.”