Australia’s pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has said that Australia’s senior bowlers need to take responsibility to help the current skipper Paine in the upcoming test series against Pakistan.

The 28-year-old said senior bowlers like he himself, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood should support Paine.

“It’s obviously a younger team and there’s some changing faces,” Starc told Fox Sports on Monday.

“I guess as someone who’s been around for a bit longer than some of the other guys, along with Josh and probably Pat as well now … for us to step up a little bit in those senior ranks and maybe have a little bit more of a voice along with Painey there and help him along.”

Tim Paine was appointed as captain of Australia following a ball-tampering scandal earlier in March this year. Back then, Steve Smith and David Warner were handed one-year ban from international cricket.

Starc is recovering from his leg injury and has confirmed his availability for the test series against Pakistan.

However, he didn’t seem certain about recovery schedules of both Cummins and Hazlewood who were sidelined with back injuries.

“They’re a little bit behind me I think,” said Starc.

“If all is going well with them they might start bowling this week … I’m a little bit ahead. Hopefully, all three of us are on the plane to the UAE. It’s going to be a tough tour of the UAE but obviously an important one for a young and changing team,” added Starc.

“Hopefully we springboard off that and into the summer.”

The two test match series will be played in UAE this October.

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