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Aust closer under Boof than Arthur: Starc

AAP logoAAP 11/12/2016 Rob Forsaith

You couldn't find two more contrasting coaches than Darren Lehmann and Mickey Arthur, according to Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc.

The mentors involved in the three-Test series between Australia and Pakistan, which starts on Thursday with a day-night clash in Brisbane, will serve as a tantalising subplot.

Lehmann, installed as Australia coach following Arthur's pre-Ashes sacking in 2013, will be pitted against his predecessor at the Gabba, MCG and SCG.

The most memorable moment of Arthur's tenure was undoubtedly "Homeworkgate", when four players were suspended during a shambolic tour of India in 2013.

But the South African also has history with Starc, who noted on Sunday his side was "a lot closer" with Lehmann at the helm.

Arthur was part of the brains trust that controversially rested Starc from the 2012 Boxing Day Test, a decision that rankled the shattered left-armer.

Starc was dropped a total of 11 times before cementing his place in the Test XI in 2016, with most of those taps on the shoulder coming from Arthur.

"I didn't have too much time with him ... he obviously had his different theories," Starc said on Sunday.

"He was a nice guy.

"Our team has changed immensely since he's been put out of the job ... we're a lot closer.

"Boof's obviously brought his own coaching theories and concepts.

"The group has obviously changed personnel-wise as well, so we've developed massively as a squad since the time of Mickey Arthur, and I think all for the better."

The leader of Australia's attack was forthright when asked to compare the significantly different approaches of Lehmann and Arthur.

"One probably rode the game a little bit more and I think at times found it hard to watch," Starc said.

"Whereas Boof instils a lot of confidence in you. He's got that laid-back, old-school attitude but doesn't sugar-coat anything.

"That's what this young group needs as well ... some hard truths sometimes."

Starc noted Arthur would not be a topic of conversation during team meetings or at training this week, adding he was unsure if the tourists would glean any revelatory insights from their coach.

"He's been a coach of an Australian cricket team. He spent some time in domestic cricket in Australia. He'll have a bit of knowledge around the Gabba and some of our players," he said.

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