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McGrath, Johnson slam Starc's performance on day four in Adelaide Test against India

Despite recording tidy figures of 1-18 from 10 overs during his spell, Starc failed to make his presence felt by picking wickets when it mattered the most.

McGrath, Johnson slam Starc's performance on day four in Adelaide Test against India
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Legendary Australian fast bowlers Glenn Mcgrath and Mitchell Johnson have criticised Test spearhead Mitchell Starc's body language, form and match fitness following an underwhelming performance on day four in the first Test against India at Adelaide. 

Despite recording tidy figures of 1-18 from 10 overs during his spell, Starc failed to make his presence felt by picking wickets when it mattered the most.

Mcgrath termed a lack of rhythm due to an unstable run-up as the key reason behind his struggle.  

"At the moment he just doesn't seem to have that rhythm. If you've got good rhythm in your run-up, good intent running in and building up pace … a strong front arm and getting through the crease (you're likely to be bowling well)." said McGrath on Seven. 

"I just think it's got to do with his run-up firstly, and then when he gets to the crease he doesn't have his normal rhythm. He's probably leaning back a little and overstriding, and then you don't get through the crease as well.

"We saw two balls where (he) dragged it down the leg side (and) went for four byes. You know when you (don't have) rhythm, it's coming out poorly. He's not using his run-up, he's trying to do it all at the crease," he added.

Johnson, on the other hand, stated that the 28-year-old had failed to dominate the Indian batsmen and impose himself. 

"I just don't like his body language," said the fast-bowler on ABC Grandstand.

"He hasn't given a bit of a glare or puffed his chest out with a good follow through, let the batsman know he's in the contest, that he's going to rip the pegs out," he added.