• Starc: I just tried to bowl as fast as I could

    Fast bowler Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins revelled in Australia’s 366-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Canberra on Monday.

    The result resigned the tourists to a series whitewash, after heavy defeat in the first Test in Brisbane, too.

    Starc and Cummins were named Player of the Match and Player of the Series respectively. The former took 10 wickets in Canberra and the latter 14 across the two matches.

    The 10-wicket match haul was the second of left-armer Starc’s Test career. He managed 11 for 94 against the same opposition in Galle in 2016.

    ‘I just tried to come here this week and forget about everything and bowl as fast as I could. We knew if we stuck to our plans, we had some momentum from Brisbane,’ said Starc, who also praised batsman Kurtis Patterson and fast bowler Jhye Richardson.

    The inexperienced Patterson struck a century in Canberra, while debutant Richardson collected five wickets in Brisbane.

    ‘Patterson has been great, and so too, Jhye – and the batters were sensational. It’s the perfect way to round out the Australian summer.’

    The Australians suffered a two-one series defeat to India prior to Sri Lanka’s visit.

    ‘It was a pretty tough series against India, but we got a good break and came into this series fresh, and I’m pretty happy with how they came out,’ concluded Cummins.

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