Starc offers net challenge to McMillan


Mitchell Starc jokingly offered Craig McMillan the opportunity to face him in the nets after New Zealand's batting coach questioned whether the paceman had actually bowled a 160kph delivery at the WACA.

Ross Taylor (235 not out) and Kane Williamson (166) made hay as the Black Caps produced an excellent performance with the bat in the second Test on Sunday, reaching 510-6 to trail by just 49 runs.

However, Starc was responsible for one of the standout moments of the third day when a full ball to Taylor was clocked at 160.4kph by the speed gun.

McMillan queried the reading, stating: "I'm not sure if maybe the wrong button was pushed, but you'd have to ask Rossco [Taylor] whether it felt 10kph quicker than any other delivery he faced.

"Maybe someone in the truck was having a bit of fun but that delivery came out of nowhere and looked pretty similar to a lot of deliveries throughout the day that were closer to 150 than 160.

"I'd have to say I was a bit surprised when it came up on the TV because a couple of the spinners' deliveries were quite high as well. Maybe there was a technical problem."

When McMillan's comments were put to Starc, the left-armer replied with a smile: "Happy for him to face me in the nets tomorrow if he wants."

In addition to the delivery that provided such a talking point, Starc also had Taylor - on 137 - and Brendon McCullum dropped during his hostile afternoon spell.

"I was trying to bowl quick," he added. "[It was] nice to have some rhythm, have the ball coming out nicely. Unfortunately I couldn't get a couple of wickets to go with it.

"It was disappointing not to hold our chances. On a wicket like this it's important that we do. Nobody means to drop catches but when the wicket's this flat and the Kiwis are batting as well as they are it's important we take our chances."

Starc gave credit to Taylor and Williamson, who shared 265 for the third wicket - a record New Zealand partnership against Australia.

"They batted really well," Starc said. "Take nothing away from them. They're class players.

"The wicket's really good to bat on, so I think both sides have found it quite hard to contain the batting team. At different points of the game we've built pressure really well and then haven't taken that chance, or that chance hasn't come."