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Mitchell Starc: West Indies series 'great opportunity' for Australia to start T20 WC preparation



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Australia pacer Mitchell Starc sees the West Indies series as a great opportunity for the team to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be held in October this year.

Starc is set to make his first appearance at the T20 World Cup in nine years, he said the upcoming matches will help him get into the form for T20 cricket.

"It's a great opportunity for the group to start preparing with a bit more focus on that World Cup.Don't think I've played 10 T20s in the last four years let alone in the space of a few weeks so personally, it would be nice to get a bit of a rhythm of T20 cricket," ESPNcricinfo quoted Starc as saying.

The Australian pacer is engaged on his white-ball abilities and has developed his preparation for the West Indies sequence protecting T20 cricket in thoughts.

“The back end of the summer I was heavily focused on the red-ball so put the white-ball to the side. To prepare for this tour it’s all been white-ball focused with what’s coming up in the next few months,”

“Preparing for shorter spells, more of a focus on staying unpredictable or [using] variations. I don’t change a whole lot in my preparation across the formats but certainly, they’ll be a lot more planning and focus on tactically what we’ll take on this series,” he added.

Last month, Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch stated performances within the West Indies and Bangladesh sequence will play a key function for some gamers who’re eyeing to take a spot within the aspect for the T20 World Cup.

Australia will play five T20Is and three ODIs against West Indies starting from July 10 and then they travel to Bangladesh to play five more T20I games in August.