Waugh: I'd pick Starc over Steyn

2016-10-20 18:07
Dale Steyn (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Australian captain Steve Waugh says he would have Mitchell Starc in his side ahead of any other bowler in Test cricket, including Proteas speedster Dale Steyn. 

The Starc v Steyn showdown is one of the most highly anticipated mini-battles ahead of the upcoming three-match Test series between the sides that gets underway on November 3 at the WACA. 

Starc is fit and ready to go after a freak leg injury, while Steyn looks to have recovered from the shoulder strain that kept him out of most of this past summer's home Test series against England. 

Waugh, speaking on The Unplayable's podcast, said Starc was Australia's Steyn.

"He’s probably the premier bowler in world cricket right now," Waugh said of Starc. 

"If I was captain and they gave me a choice of picking one bowler I’d pick Mitchell Starc.

"He’s that good and he’s only getting better."

However, Waugh viewed Steyn as a major threat, saying that he would be desperate to put in a good showing on what will be his last tour of Australia.

"He (Steyn) is a match-winner, he’s got that really competitive edge about him," Waugh said.

"He loves playing against the best batsmen in the toughest situations.

"He’s the man for the big occasion and he’ll want to lift in Australia."

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