Starc eager for Boxing Day chance

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Australia seamer Mitchell Starc is excited about finally getting a chance to play in the Boxing Day Test.

Starc made his Test debut in 2011, but is yet to feature on arguably Australian cricket's biggest day, either due to injury or selection.

But the left-armer is almost certain to get his chance in the second Test against Pakistan starting Monday.

"There's a few of us in the room yet to play one," Starc told a news conference on Friday.

"Personally, as a kid growing up, watching the Boxing Day Test, it's always been a dream of mine to play in front of a full house at the MCG on Boxing Day.

"So, if I get a chance this week, tick that one off and it'd be a fantastic experience to walk out, sing that anthem and play a Boxing Day Test.

"It'd be pretty special."

Australia hold a 1-0 series lead after completing a nervy 39-run win in the opener in Brisbane.

Captain Steve Smith was criticised for his tactics on the final day at the Gabba, but Starc backed the skipper.

"I'm sure there's going to be times where there's heated conversations about what I want to do and about what he wants to do, but he's been very good since I've played under him as captain," he said.

"He's always easy to approach with something that we want to try as bowlers or things that he can see from a different angle and wants to try as well.

"I think we work really well as a bowling group along with Smithy to find ways to get wickets."