Cricket

Oz stuck to plans, says Starc

2012-08-29 11:35
Mitchell Starc (File)

Sharjah - Lanky paceman Mitchell Starc on Wednesday said Australia stuck to their plans during their hard-fought four wicket win over Pakistan, negotiating rival spinners very well.

Australia edged out Pakistan in the first limited overs international on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, with man-of-the-match Starc returning career best figures of 5-42.

He was ably assisted by new-ball partner James Pattinson (3-19) as Australia bundled Pakistan out for a low score of 198 in 45.1 overs.

Australia then fought hard through Michael Clarke (66) and George Bailey (57 not out) to overcome a threat from Pakistani spinners led by Saeed Ajmal (3-30) to win in 48.2 overs.

Starc said Australia were ready for Pakistani spinners.

"We knew it was going to be difficult coming here with the spinners. They know the conditions well and use it to their advantage. We knew if we took it right to the end with that total to chase, we had a good chance," said Starc.

"The three spinners, we knew they were going to be their key bowlers. With our team, we had a majority of quick bowlers. We just stuck to our plans really well on the day," said Starc, who took 4-47 in Australia's 66-run win over Afghanistan here on Saturday.

Starc hoped Australia would continue to negotiate spinners wisely.

"They are three bowlers we're going to have to look at and as we did on Tuesday, try to minimise the damage they cause on us. If we can find a way to score as many as we can off them without losing too many wickets, it would be nice and it would probably go a long way to winning a game.

"We were keyed-up with all our sweatbands and everything to try to hold onto the ball a bit more. We took 3-16 in that power play (36th to 40th overs). We knew to keep it simple and not give them any width," said Starc.

The second match will be played in Abu Dhabi on Friday followed by the third here on Monday.

Both teams will play three Twenty20 internationals in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.

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