CRICKET: Mitchell Starc says Australia must build on the win against South Africa in Adelaide if it is to start turning around a disappointing start to the summer in the Test arena.
Starc was one of only five players to survive the cull following the home side's capitulation in Hobart, which culminated in a series win for the Proteas.
Australia did have success in the third Test but Starc said the players had to back it up with a good series against Pakistan, starting with this week's day-night contest at the Gabba, which begins on Thursday.
"We had a good solid win in Adelaide,” Starc said. "We are felling pretty good.
"But one win does not mean that much in the context of the summer. We've still got a lot of work to do to win this series.
"We're starting afresh. The first Test of any series is really important and especially as we have a new squad of players.
"We've got some good momentum but we are not reading too much into that and we have got some work to do.”
Starc played in a Sheffield Shield win for New South Wales against Queensland at the Gabba in a pink-ball clash to start the four-day season.
He only played in part of that game as he was returning from a leg injury but said he expected different conditions in Brisbane this time around.
"It's a little bit more humid than it was for the Shield game,” Starc said. "That means it should swing a bit more, which will be good for our bowlers, but it will be good for theirs too. Hopefully it will cause a bit more strife for their batsmen.
"Hopefully they can leave a bit of grass on the wicket and the ball can stay a bit harder for longer.
"If that happens it will make it a bit more of a contest.”
Starc's teammate Nic Maddinson had a debut to forget at the Adelaide Oval, being bowled for a duck by a Kagiso Rabada yorker in his only innings of the match.
He said while it was difficult not to think about his first taste of Test cricket, he was ready for more after having some action in a pink-ball game for New South Wales.
"It's hard not to think about it. I think I will remember it forever,” he said about his dismissal in Adelaide.
"But for me it's being positive with my footwork and showing some intent when I go out to bat regardless of the situation.
"I had two bats for NSW and it was nice to get some time in the middle. I have tried to be a little more selective in the past six to 12 months, especially in the four-day game.
"But it's going out there and being positive and looking to score runs.”
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