Mitchell Starc geared up for arch rivals England at the Champions Trophy

The left-hander is looking to make a statement ahead of the Ashes, later this year.

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Australia’s Mitchell Starc. (Photo credit LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Mitchell Starc is up and ready for Australia’s upcoming fixture against arch rivals England on June 10 at Edgbaston in the Champions Trophy. The Australian wants his team to take revenge of their humiliating loss in the Ashes back in 2015. Starc last played in the Bangalore Test match against India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy where he injured his foot and was out of action for a considerable amount of time.

However, the fierce-some seamer is back on the field again, preparing for the Champions Trophy. Starc specifically mentioned that they would want to make a statement against their arch rivals and gain a psychological advantage ahead of the all important Ashes later this year, in their own backyard. Currently, England holds the urn after defeating the Michael Clarke-led side by 3-2 in August 2015.

“Because it’s such a short tournament, you basically need to win every game anyway. So every game is going to be important, but with the Ashes on later in the year, there’s always going to be a little bit of momentum there if we can knock the Poms off, especially in England, and if we can create a few headaches with our quicks especially” stated the seamer from New South Wales according to cricket.com.au.

Starc mentioned that even though both the teams have different assignments in between the Champions Trophy and Ashes later in the summer, Aussies would want to gain some extra intel for the weaknesses of the English which would prove handy during the all-important series Downunder.

“Both teams have got a fair amount of cricket between the Champions Trophy and the Ashes, but it’s always important to beat the Poms whenever we play them,And hopefully, we can create a bit of doubt or open up a few old wounds or find a few extra weaknesses heading into the summer back here,” concluded Starc.

Here is a look at the Champions Trophy squad for the two sides.

Australia:

Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa

England:

Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.