Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Starc Reality of Facing Paceman First-Up

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Starc Reality of Facing Paceman First-Up

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CRICKET: Opener Aaron Finch is glad to have Mitchell Starc on his side as Australia looks to follow up its opening One-Day International win over Sri Lanka in game two of the series in Colombo tonight.

Starc (right) became the fastest man to 100 wickets (in terms of games played) in ODI with another top performance in the series opener and Finch, who made a half-century as the Aussies chased down 227 with three wickets in hand, said the left-armer was the best in the business.

"It's a lot more fun than facing him, I can tell you," Finch said when asked what it was like to watch Starc do his stuff. "Just the skills that he has -- swing, pace, left-arm, yorkers, he can bowl good bouncers -- it's a pretty complete package. When he gets it right there's absolutely no one better around."

Starc has been the only real highlight of a largely disappointing tour of Sri Lanka which began with the 3-0 Test series defeat. …

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