Skipper backs Starc to shine
Australia captain Michael Clarke is confident that Mitchell Starc can cover for the loss of pacemen Peter Siddle and James Pattinson.
The Aussies will take a 1-0 lead into the final Test against the West Indies after victory in the first Test in Barbados.
They were unable to nail down the series in Port of Spain last time out as rain and bad light prevented any chance of a result on the final day.
Siddle did not play in the match after picking up a back injury while Pattinson was unable to bowl in the second innings after injuring his back earlier in the contest and the duo have now flown back home to begin physiotherapy on their problems.
That means that Starc will probably step into the breach for the final Test, which begins on Monday in Roseau.
The Baggy Greens have a long list of absentees in the pace bowling department, with Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins long-term injury victims.
Their latest setback means that Ben Hilfenhaus and Ryan Harris will be joined by Starc for the third Test and Clarke has backed the youngster to do the business if called upon.
"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 to option to play two spinners again," he said.
"I thought he 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."