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Starc ready to roar back to his ODI best

By AAP Newswire

Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc is confident he'll be back to his menacing best at the World Cup after recovering from a torn pectoral muscle.

Starc made his return to white ball cricket in the recent unofficial warm-ups against New Zealand in Brisbane, after sitting out Australia's series wins over India and Pakistan.

However, he hasn't bowled in England since 2017 and admits the team hit out at Whitgift School in south London over the weekend was very beneficial.

"It was nice to have that hit out down at Whitgift and get accustomed to some English conditions for those of us who haven't been here for a little while," Starc said.

"It was nice to get back in the groove of English cricket conditions, have a bit of a bowl and a bat and get some time in the legs."

With Australia opening their World Cup defence against Afghanistan, in a tricky clash at Bristol on June 1, preparations step up a notch on Wednesday with an unofficial warm-up against the West Indies in Southampton.

On Saturday, Aaron Finch's side then get the opportunity to really assess where they are when meet a red-hot England side who are fresh off a 4-0 series win over Pakistan before taking on Sri Lanka in final warm-up next Monday.

During his rehabilitation, Starc spent time analysing his game and ways he can exploit the conditions ahead of a huge four months for Australian cricket.

"I've had three months to chat about things and have a little bit of a different approach to how I think about it," he said.

"It's feeling pretty good, the body is feeling good, the rhythm is starting to click.

"I've been working on things ... and they are starting to come to fruition, which is really nice."

Starc's role in the team has largely been to take the new ball, then bowl in the closing overs, where his inswinging yorkers have been a potent weapon, as he demonstrated during the 2015 World Cup with 22 wickets at an incredible average of 10.18.

However, the 29-year-old said he was unsure of what role he will play in this World Cup given the strong bowling unit at Finch's disposal.

"We've got a number of guys in the group at the moment who can bowl really well at the death," he said.

"Stoin (Marcus Stoinis) has taken on that role really well in recent times, Patty Cummins does a great job of it as well.

"And Coults (Nathan Coulter-Nile) has had to call on his death bowling as well.

"We've got a group of guys who can bowl at different stages of a game and Finchy mentioned it a little while ago about the importance of those middle overs and straight after the first power play.

"I guess it's up to JL and Finchy to see tactically how he wants the bowlers used."