- Australia begin the second Ashes Test against England in Adelaide this weekend
- Darren Lehman’s men go into the match 1-0 in the series after victory in Brisbane
- Mitchell Starc looked in sharp form, sending down some stinging deliveries
Mitchell Starc set the tone for the second Test during Australia’s latest net session as the hosts ramped up their preparation in Adelaide.
Steve Smith and his side took to the practice field with a sense of purpose, as they look to build on their 1-0 lead following victory at The Gabba in Brisbane.
Steve Smith and Graeme Handscomb could both be seen seeking batting advice from coach Graeme Hick, but it was the bowling that caught the eye, and in particular that of Starc.
Graeme Hick, the Australia batting coach, speaks to Peter Handscomb during a nets session
Captain Steve Smith and Chadd Sayers were in no mood to smile during their practice
Mitchell Starc set the tone at the Adelaide Oval with his fierce delivery to Usman Khawaja
The pace bowler threw down one delivery, caught on camera, that was so ferocious it had Usman Khawaja struggling to get out of the way as he narrowly avoided the stinging bouncer.
The video was posted by Fox Sports News presenter Neroli Meadows, who posted the clip with the message: ‘Sheesh! Mitchell Starc v Usman Khawaja.’
When the second Test does get underway on Saturday, the ball won’t be the only weapon in Australia’s arsenal.
Peter Handscomb spoke to the press on Thursday and revealed that his side were ready to get smart with their sledging in a bid to gain the psychological advantage.
And as a former team-mate of Jonny Bairstow’s at Yorkshire, Handscomb admitted he had no problem turning on his one-time colleague.
Josh Hazelwood gets into his rhythm as he gets his technique up to speed for the next Test
Australia coach Darren Lehman watches on with captain Steve Smith at the Oval
Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins put the batsmen through their paces with the pink ball
Asked if all sledging is ‘fair game’ in the name of the Ashes, he said: ‘On the field, yeah.
‘You play against each other. I’m not trying to make him feel good about himself – that’s not my job.
‘When I played with him at Yorkshire we had a great time together, and I really like Jonny. We got along really, really well. But it’s a different ball game now.
‘If I ever go back to Yorkshire, I dare say we’ll hang out and have a good time and it’ll be perfectly fine,’ he added.
‘But during the Ashes, mate, it’s about winning the game for Australia first and foremost.’