Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that Mitchell Starc’s absence will be a big hole for the visitors to fill during the last two Tests against India. Starc has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series owing to a fractured foot.
Speaking about Starc's absence, Clarke was quoted as saying in a report by NDTV, "It will have a huge impact. Mitchell Starc is that X-factor for the Australian team. I think he will certainly be missed. Who they bring in I am not sure but it makes the game even tougher for Australia."
Clarke, however, still feels that Australia have the ability to win the series. "But Australia will still be confident that they can win in these conditions. They won in Pune and now can be confident they can still win in Ranchi," Clarke stated.
On Virat Kohli’s over-aggression on the field, Clarke replied, "Virat's aggression is one of his greatest strengths. That's the way he likes to play, that's the way he had success and I am sure that's the way he will continue to play.”
He was also happy with the kind of competitiveness being showed. "It's a fantastic series. Test cricket between India and Australia is always competitive and I love that.
"I am really happy that this series is being so competitive. Whether the series is being played in Australia or India, we always see good competitive cricket and this series is no different," he went on to add,
--By A Cricket Correspondent