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Starc: NZ ODIs ideal preparation for Tests

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/12/2016 Rob Forsaith
Mitchell Starc © Getty Images Mitchell Starc

Plenty of pundits regarded Australia's one-day international series against New Zealand a needless distraction. Mitchell Starc begs to differ.

The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series, which the hosts won 3-0, fell between Australia's three-Test series against South Africa and Pakistan.

The crowded schedule meant five members of the Test squad missed a rare chance for a first-class game before a Sheffield Shield hiatus to accommodate the Big Bash League.

But pacemen Starc and Josh Hazlewood would most likely have been rested last week, if available for the pink-ball Shield round.

Instead Australia's new-ball pairing were granted their wish of playing all three 50-over contests against the Black Caps.

Starc, having craved overs since returning from a freak training accident that left the spearhead with 30 stitches in his left leg, was thrilled.

Starc and Hazelwood both claimed six wickets in the series at an average below 21 and were also the two most miserly bowlers across the three games.

"We weren't keen at all for a rest," Starc said ahead of Australia's day-night Test against Pakistan starting in Brisbane on Thursday.

"Bowling in games is much better than bowling in the nets. To get three solid games against a quality team ... and come away 3-0 was great."

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