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Starc, Johnson should curb aggro: Taylor

Former Australia captain Mark Taylor has said that fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc will need to curb their attacking enthusiasm if they’re both picked for the first Test against New Zealand.

Starc and Johnson, the two wicket-taking linchpins of Australia’s bowling attack, have shown the benefits of a rare break from international cricket during this month’s Matador One-Day Cup, bowling with considerable pace and movement in an impressive tune-up ahead of the first Test against the Black Caps in a fortnight. While the left-armers are two of the most feared bowlers in the world, Taylor has repeated his belief that he would find it hard to pick both in the same side if they are to concede runs at the rate they did at times during the Ashes.

Both Starc (18 wickets) and Johnson (15 wickets at 35) bowled some destructive spells during the Ashes, but also conceded runs at a high rate, particularly in Australia’s defeats at Cardiff, Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.
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