Ashes 2023: Australia missing Mitchell Starc with both bat and ball in 1st Test, says Nasser Hussain

By India Today Sports Desk: Nasser Hussain has claimed that Australia missed the services of Mitchell Starc with both bat and ball during the first Ashes 2023 Test against England at Edgbaston.

Starc has played 18 Ashes Tests in his career and has picked up 74 wickets at an average of 27.46. The left-arm pacer has also scored 517 runs against them at an average of 25.85.

Starc was part of the lineup that won the World Test Championship final against India earlier in the month and picked up four wickets and scored an important 41 runs in the second innings. Despite his good performance, Starc wasn't selected for the first Test at Edgbaston against England, with the Aussies choosing to stick with Scott Boland.

Boland has picked up only two wickets in the match and is currently playing the role of night watchman for the Aussies heading into day 5 of the match. Speaking ahead of the day's play on Tuesday to Sky Sports, Hussain claimed that Starc is the one player that Australia have missed in the match. The former cricketer pointed out the runs scored by England's tail on Monday and said that in previous encounters, the left-arm pacer was the one who have knocked over the tail-end batters.

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Hussain went on to say that Starc could have also provided Australia with some valuable runs with the bat and it could end up being a big blow to them for electing to leave him out of the starting lineup for the match at Edgbaston.

"The one person they are missing, both with bat and ball, is Mitchell Starc. Those 60 runs England's last three put on yesterday - if you go back to previous Ashes battles, who has been blowing away England's tail? Starc."

"Then also with the bat, he scores some useful runs. That could be a big blow," said Hussain.

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