Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Happy to sit on the bench if Australia win the Ashes: Starc

Happy to sit on the bench if Australia win the Ashes: Starc

England's leading Test wicket taker James Anderson is already ruled out of the second Test having broken down on the first morning of the heavy defeat at Edgbaston.

Leach, 28, is a left-arm spinner and has played five Tests picking up 20 wickets.

Left-armer Leach missed out on selection for the first Test after bowling just three overs in last month's Test win over Ireland - a match in which he also hit 92 as nightwatchman - but now gets the chance to add to the 20 wickets he has taken in his five Test matches so far.

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc wants his team to win the Ashes series with or without him as he prioritised his team's triumph over his participation in the series.

"We're not just here to make it on the park". Australia holds the Ashes after a 4-0 series win at home in the summer of 2017-18.

The next Test in Australia's five-match series on the Qantas Tour of the United Kingdom is at Lord's, starting next Wednesday, with further matches at Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval.

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"It's awesome to see Jimmy (Pattinson) back after what he's been through and I guess similarly what Pat Cummins has been through previously".

He was particularly pleased with a fit-again Pattinson's return to Test cricket after more than three years.

On the other hand, Peter Siddle also made an impressive Test return. Furthermore, he scored a crucial knock of 44 runs in the first dig. He's someone who Josh and I have grown up playing with and against, it was great to see him out there. But him batting on those sort of tracks is very hard work. "To see your mates work it back and pull on the Baggy Green again and perform so well in the Test match, that's exciting for us", Starc pointed.

Jofra Archer is set to make his Test debut for England at Lord's next week but out-of-form Moeen Ali will play no part after being dropped for the second Ashes Test.

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