Former Australian great Mitchell Johnson reckons Mitchell Starc could become the next best fast bowler and sees Starc break his record and could give a good contest for Dale Steyn’s record.

Starc has been one of the best bowlers in the world when fit and has chipped with a series of performances across all the formats for Australia over the past few years. However, the 27-year old has suffered major setbacks in the form of injuries over the past two years and was sidelined from the action.

Picture Credits: Getty images
Picture Credits: Getty images

Speaking to Fairfax Media, Johnson said, “I said to someone the other day, he will overtake Dennis and (me) and he will do that pretty quickly. He will be contesting Dale Steyn’s record. Dale has played 80-odd Tests and has 400. Starc is on that track at the moment. He is getting five wickets a Test. He has got the pace and he has got the bounce. He is going to be in his prime over the next few years which makes it even more scary.”

However, Johnson feels that the young pacer has proven his worth in the limited-overs’ format as he has been the spearhead for Australian bowling attack in ODIs and T20Is but believes he is yet to find his rhythm in the longest format of the game. But the 35-year old believes Starc will only improve in the coming years as he is yet to hit his prime as  a bowler.

“His (Starc’s) one-day and short-form results have been awesome but it was in Tests that he didn’t get that rhythm. He kept coming in and out of the team and he had a season, when I first came back into the team, against Sri Lanka in 2012, where he got dropped for that Boxing Day Test because they needed to rest him.” Johnson added.

Johnson also feels that Australian cricket should keep him playing consistently despite his recent injuries as consistent cricket will help to get the best out of Starc and has also hoped that the 27-year old does not suffer any more major injuries that will hamper his progress.

“The rotation thing was holding him back – he wasn’t getting consistent cricket. Now that he is playing and fortunately he didn’t sustain any major injury with that freak accident, he is on top of his game.” he concluded saying.