Starc inspired by Siddle

22 December 2012 07:04:42 EST

Paceman Mitchell Starc has played down his own contribution to the win over Sri Lanka in Hobart, insisting that Peter Siddle is the real hero.

Michael Clarke's Australia beat Sri Lanka in the first Test.

Starc secured a five-wicket haul on the final day as Australia got over the line for a thrilling victory in the first Test.

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But he deflected the praise onto Siddle, who he feels can go on and join the ranks of the likes of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey as long-term heroes of the Australian Test side.

The 22-year-old said: "Sidds was outstanding again in Hobart and was pretty much the heart and soul of the attack.

"Having him around the squad he's full of energy and he's always giving 100 percent, whether it be in the nets or in the field, and that drags the whole squad along."

He added: "When you have guys like Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey in the squad they bring so much energy and a different feel to the group.

"I think Sidds is well on the way to being someone like that, who just lifts everyone up.

"When he's on bowling, you know something most likely is going to happen."

Starc will battle with Mitchell Johnson and Jackson Bird for a place in the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, well aware that it's vital he stear clear of injuries.

He said: "Injuries are unfortunate, they seem to go hand in hand with fast bowling. "I'm looking after myself, doing all I can to stay on the park and make sure I'm recovering well and playing well."

Starc added: "It's always a big occasion the Boxing Day Test.

Sidds was outstanding again in Hobart.

Mitchell Starc

"If I get the nod to play for Australia again it's going to be a nice one to run out in front of a big crowd.

"Hopefully I can contribute again if I get the chance in Melbourne."

Australia are 8/13 to win the second Test, with Sri Lanka priced at 5/1.

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