Starc returns for Blues to push claims for Test recall
Test shot … Blues paceman Mitchell Starc. Photo: Getty Images
MITCHELL STARC gets the chance to press his claims for a place in the team for the second Test after rejoining NSW for their clash with Victoria at the SCG starting on Tuesday.
The young left-armer served as Australia's 12th man for the first two days of the Gabba Test against South Africa when omitted in favour of fellow pacemen Peter Siddle, James Pattinson and Ben Hilfenhaus.
But he has returned to Sydney and a strong showing in the Shield game could vault him into the second Test team if the Australian pace attack continues to struggle as it did in the first innings in Brisbane, lacking penetration.
Starc, who last played in the Test side against India in January, has dominated recently in one-day cricket and in the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September but since his return from the Sydney Sixers' Champions League triumph he only had time to play one Shield match before the first Test.
Former Tasmanian batsman David Dawson will make his home Shield debut for NSW. Dawson, who played 23 first-class matches for Tasmania, played his only first-class match for the Blues against Victoria at the MCG in the final Shield match last summer.
NSW squad: Stephen O'Keefe (c), Doug Bollinger, Trent Copeland, David Dawson, Brad Haddin (wk), Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Scott Henry, Nic Maddinson, Peter Nevill, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc.