Starc is bowling well - Clarke

Fri, 20 Apr 09:25:27 2012

Captain Michael Clarke believes paceman Mitchell Starc can cover Australia's latest fast-bowling injury crisis as they look to clinch their Test series against West Indies.

Australia confirmed injured duo James Pattinson and Peter Siddle would return home from the Caribbean with back complaints as the second Test ended in a draw in Trinidad.

Clarke, whose side lead the series 1-0, said: "It's obviously disappointing that we lose two very good bowlers, but Mitchell Starc certainly comes into contention now as one of our fast bowlers, or we have the option to play two spinners again."

He added: "I thought (Starc) bowled really well throughout the Australian summer, he's bowling very well in the nets - I've seen that first hand - and I think if he gets an opportunity he'll grab it with both hands."

Clarke made another aggressive declaration to set the Windies a victory target of 215, but bad light and rain again closed in to halt the hosts at 53 for two after Darren Sammy had taken up the challenge with a quickfire 30.

"I thought we probably needed at least 60 overs to try and bowl them out on that wicket, which certainly gave them a chance to try and win the Test," he added.

"Like I said after Barbados, there's always a risk in trying to win. You risk losing and unfortunately the rain cost both teams.

"I think it would have been a really good finish to a tough Test match."


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