Domain Tests v India

Starc dismisses Warne criticism

The Australia paceman hits back at criticism tabled from champion spin bowler Shane Warne

Sam Ferris at Perth Stadium

16 December 2018, 11:21 PM AEST

Battered and bruised in a brilliant Test

Australia tearaway Mitch Starc claimed two wickets in India's first innings but perhaps his biggest dismissal in the second Test to date is of the criticism labelled at him from Test legend Shane Warne.

Writing in his newspaper column last week, Warne heavily criticised Starc's performance in the first Test loss in Adelaide, labelling the left-armer's wayward two-over spell with the second new ball on day four as "atrocious". 

Starc's restrained body language was also questioned by former teammate Mitch Johnson, despite the speedster taking 5-103 from 40.5 overs. 

Warne has been critical of Starc in the past, but the paceman said after play on Sunday he shoulders arms to comments made by the former leg-spinner. 

"I still don't know what he said," Starc said on Fox Cricket's Cricket 360 program. "I've been told about it. 

"If I keep listening to Warney I may as well retire. 

"I'll just keep going about my stuff as I have done over the weeks."

Starc fired up after special delivery

In the time between the first and second Domain Tests, Starc received backing from his captain Tim Paine, teammate Aaron Finch and Test legend Ricky Ponting.  

If there was any doubt about Starc's passion or ability, he silenced those calls in his third over with a 145kph in-swinging thunderbolt that splattered the stumps of India opener Murali Vijay.

Starc finished with 2-79 from 24 overs and said he was content with how he's been bowling this series. 

"I was pretty happy with how I went last week," Starc said. 

"Take out three overs, perhaps four, out of the 42 that I bowled I was very happy with how (the ball) came out, stuck to my plans and did my job for the team. 

"I didn't change anything through the week or didn't try and bowl any differently over the past few days. 

"I had a good sit-down chat with Mitch Johnson but we didn't really talk any cricket. 

"I've just gone about my preparation as I have any other week."

Domain Test Series v India

Dec 6-10: First Test, Adelaide Oval, India won by 31 runs

Dec 14-18: Second Test, Perth Stadium

Dec 26-30: Third Test, MCG

Jan 3-7: Fourth Test, SCG

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c, wk), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Mitch Marsh (vc), Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain

India squad: Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ravi Ashwin, Ravi Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar