Australian quick Mitchell Starc has not ruled out a repeat of his extraordinary IPL stoush the next time he meets Kieron Pollard.
It seemed a hard act to follow but Australian quick Mitchell Starc has not ruled out a repeat of his extraordinary Indian Premier League (IPL) on-field stoush with Kieron Pollard the next time they meet.
But a cheeky Starc said he did not expect that to be in a Test match.
It might be a month since the infamous IPL Twenty20 clash in which West Indian allrounder Pollard threw his bat towards the trash talking left-arm speedster but Starc has hardly simmered down.
Asked if he looked forward to Australia’s next game against the West Indies in light of the Pollard incident, Starc said on Thursday: “If it’s a Test match, you won’t see Kieron there – he won’t be playing.”
And asked if he at least had a beer with short-form specialist Pollard after their nasty IPL exchange, Starc said: “No, and I don’t plan on talking to him either.
“All the cricketers know how Kieron is.
“He can do what he likes.
“But I am still going to be trying to bounce him and hit him in the head whenever we are playing.”
Starc might find headhunting hard to pull off during his time with the Australian squad at the recently completed National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.
The squad have gathered in Queensland to prepare for spin-friendly decks in preparation for their Test series against a Pakistan attack led by offie Saeed Ajmal in the United Arab Emirates in October.
A turning surface has been installed at the new centre but Cricket Australia will also import pitch soil from India to create a deck more similar to that found in the sub-continent.
It is all part of its drive to keep Australia as the No.1 Test and one-day nation and ensure last year’s 4-0 Test series drubbing in India is never repeated.
Meanwhile, the evergreen Brad Haddin – 37 in October – said he felt revitalised ahead of another hectic schedule that will start with August’s one-day tour of Zimbabwe and culminate with the World Cup and Ashes series in 2015.
“I have the hunger back to go again. The body feels good,” he said.
Haddin said he would draw strength from his personal heroics in their triumphant Ashes win.
“There were signs we were getting there in England but I think the 3-0 result was fair,” he said.
“But the work leading into the home campaign was massive … (and) we destroyed an era of England cricket.”