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Aussies have lifted in the field: Starc

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Mitchell Starc has pointed to Australia's improved fielding at the MCG as yet another sign the new-look XI is heading in the right direction.

Starc helped bowl his team to a memorable triumph in the Boxing Day Test, wrapping up a series win after rolling Pakistan for 163 late on day five.

The tourists declared at 9-443 in the first innings of the match, which looked to be heading towards a draw before Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon stepped up to snatch victory.

Starc, speaking on the eve of the third Test, which starts in Sydney on Tuesday, deflected praise when asked about his haul of 4-36.

"Our fielding was probably the best it's been over the summer so far," Starc told radio station SEN.

"The way the whole team played on that final day, to have that belief in the field and create those chances (was impressive).

"We always had that belief that if we had enough chances and took them, anything could happen.

"It just showed the belief we've got in each other in this young group ... we're not the finished product yet, but we're going really well and heading in the right direction."

The highlight was a couple of sharp catches held by Peter Handscomb.

Starc was down on match fitness at the start of summer because of a freak training accident that left him with 30 stitches in his left leg.

Despite the setback and short turnaround between the second and third Tests against Pakistan, the left-armer is set to play all six Tests of a home summer for the first time in his career.

"There were a few tired bodies but we had a couple of days off, a few lighter sessions at training and all the boys are ready to go," Starc said.

"Everyone's going well."

Regarding his own form this summer, Starc was far from content.

"Still (needing) a little bit of consistency to get back to where I was last year," he said.

Iconic Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram agreed, suggesting the sky is the limit for the spearhead.

"He is only going to get better. That is bad news for world batsmen," Akram told Fairfax Media.

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