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Starc OK with rest from Boxing Day Test
By Adrian Warren
15:33 AEST Sun Dec 30 2012

Mitchell Starc says the decision to rest him from the Boxing Day Test was the right one, even though he admitted to being "shattered" at the time.

The young left-armer is expected to return to the Australian side for the final Test against Sri Lanka at the SCG starting on Thursday.

Starc was philosophical on Sunday about the policy that kept him from playing his first Boxing Day clash in the second Test, won by Australia inside three days in Melbourne last week.

"If the Test went for five days, I could have ended up bowling 50 overs or 40 overs, so it was the right decision for the team at the time," Starc said.

Asked again if he was disappointed to miss out on the marquee match, he said: "Absolutely. Any player who misses a Test is going to be disappointed.

"But it's all about the team. It was the right decision for my wellbeing and the team as well."

'It was the right decision for the team and I'm fully supportive of that.

"We've known for a while now that this rotation policy would probably come into effect at some stage and it was my turn during this Melbourne Test.

"It was disappointing at the time, but you have to get your head around that and help the boys prepare for the Melbourne Test."

Asked if he expected to play at the SCG, Starc said: "By the sounds of things, Pup (captain Michael Clarke) has given me full indication to make sure I'm ready to go.

"I'm not going to take anything for granted but prepare the way I normally do and if my name does come up in that final eleven I'm ready and raring to go."

Starc said he wasn't surprised that his replacement for the Boxing Day Test, debutant Jackson Bird, got amongst the wickets.

"He's done it at domestic level for two years now and shown what a class bowler he is," Starc said.

"He came to the Test scene and showed how relaxed he was to take four wickets on Test debut for not many runs.

"I think Jackson is going to be around for a long time and he's worked his butt off to get there and he'll probably work his butt off to stay there too."

Michael Hussey's final Test will add another element for Sydneysider Starc, who will play his first Test at his home ground.

"I've grown up watching a lot of cricket and loving playing domestic cricket (at the SCG), so it's going to be pretty special to play a home Test there," Starc said.


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