ydney - Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson feels
that young paceman Mitchell Starc is only starting to show what he's capable
of, and that the home summer will really showcase his talents.
Starc was by far the best part of his side's dismal Test
series in Sri Lanka, topping the wicket list and averaging under 16 with the
ball, despite the Aussies losing three nil.
And with those conditions not even favouring him, Johnson is
excited to see what Starc can do on his own decks that are made for pace
bowing. Johnson feels visiting batsmen are in for a tough time in the coming
Johnson said: "It was really exciting to see Mitch
Starc perform well (in Sri Lanka). I thought he was really close when we went
over to England for that last Ashes series, and wasn't quite there.
"But he's shown that after his injury he's really
committed to working really hard and did all the work. I've kept in touch with
him and he was really positive going into that series.
"To be the leading wicket-taker in Sri Lanka in those
conditions was a real positive and a good step forward.
"He can dominate again [at home] on wickets that are
going to provide bounce, and with his height, it's going to be very difficult.
"He bowls the fuller ball, gets the ball up there, and
especially on a wicket like the WACA where it can get good bounce, it's really
vital to be up there. He'll swing the ball when he pitches the ball up.
"That yorker he's got is very dangerous. He's always
working to improve his game. He's still pretty fresh in Test cricket. He's only
going to get better.
"He's going to keep breaking records, I think, as well.
It's really exciting to see him play really well."