Starc keeps Test hope alive as Copeland breaks down on steps
Pressing his claims ... Mitchell Starc in action for the Blues. Photo: Brendan Esposito
MITCHELL STARC was outdone by his fellow NSW quicks but, unlike injured Trent Copeland, he has another chance to earn a recall for the second Test in Adelaide.
Copeland faces up to six weeks on the sidelines, ruling him out for the Test summer, after tearing ankle ligaments on 12th-man duties.
The tall seamer sprained his ankle on the steps outside the SCG dressing rooms on Tuesday, and is unlikely to play again until just before Christmas.
Copeland said it would be the first time he would miss a match because of injury.
''(I've) bowled a million overs and never got injured, but you've got to watch out for those steps,'' joked Copeland, on crutches.
Coincidentally his wife, Kimberlee Green, who plays netball for Australia, is also recovering from a foot injury. ''We're the moon-boot family at the moment,'' Copeland said.
Starc, meanwhile, still has his health but is yet to rediscover the hot form of the past two months when he starred for Australia and the Sydney Sixers in the Twenty20 arena. The left-armer struggled with his consistency two weeks ago in Brisbane, and improved only marginally against Victoria, who will resume on Thursday on 5-177 in reply to NSW's 293.
Starc failed to take a wicket with the new ball under overcast skies but returned late to pick up the valuable scalp of David Hussey for nine. The veteran was cramped for room by Starc, who was bowling from around the wicket, and dragged a ball off a good length back on to his stumps.
Starc's figures of 1-50 from 14 overs was an accurate reflection of how he performed, but at least he was able to get more bowling under the belt before a possible recall in Adelaide. ''The body's feeling good, I've got no issue bowling lots of overs, I'm just ready to go out there and bowl as many as I can and hopefully take a few wickets to contribute,'' Starc said.
He need look no further than fellow left-armer Doug Bollinger for a hint on how to return to his best.
Bollinger, with 0-37, was desperately unlucky not to pick up a wicket despite being a handful for Victoria with his strong pace and steep bounce on the lifeless wicket.
❏ Shivnarine Chanderpaul hit his second Test double century as the West Indies declared their first innings at 4-527 on Wednesday on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh.
The 38-year-old left-hander batted with composure to equal his highest Test score of 203 not out as the touring batsmen dominated a hapless Bangladesh bowling attack before captain Darren Sammy declared at the tea break.
Denesh Ramdin, who remained not out on 126 in his third Test hundred, ably supported his partner as the pair added 296 for the fifth wicket - a record in all West Indies-Bangladesh Tests.