Mitchell Starc isn’t finished taking the brand new white ball for Australia but has opened up on his changing role at the T20 World Cup which he concedes has forced him to do things differently.

A staple as the first-over bowler for so long in Australian colours, Starc has found himself coming on first change during the World Cup defence, with mixed effect.

He stunned Ireland with his first over in Brisbane on Monday night, rattling the stumps twice with two hooping inswingers, as the defending champs kept their title hopes alive ahead of their final pool game against Afghanistan on Friday in Adelaide.

But it was just the fifth time in his 58 T20s that Starc hasn’t taken the opening over, with Josh Hazlewood preferred.

The left-armer explained it was a team-first decision designed specifically for this World Cup.

It’s also a conditions-based call, and Starc said if they think it’s going to swing, he could still open the attack.

“It‘s obviously something new. Yeah, I generally obviously take the first over and see if it’s swinging,” he said after Monday’s win over Ireland.

“It’s obviously something that began in that game against England in Canberra, and it’s sort of a role that Finchy (captain Aaron Finch) and Ronnie (coach Andrew McDonald) want me to play through the middle there with (Adam) Zampa.

“Obviously, we’ve got Josh (Hazlewood) and Pat (Cummins), who were fantastic across formats with the new ball as well.

“I think that’s a positive that we’ve got plenty of options that it may not be my only role; it may not be Josh and Pat’s only role.

“We could change, as I said before, with different conditions, different opponents, whatever the matchups may be.

“So, yeah, that seems to be my role at the moment, and I’ll just keep developing that and hopefully keep playing that role throughout the tournament.”

Starc started with a double-wicket maiden, but then conceded 43 runs from his next three overs.

That’s a consequence, however, of him sticking to his main role, which is trying to take wickets whenever he gets the ball.

“I don’t think that the role changes in terms of trying to take wickets. It’s probably through a different sequencing of how the matchups are seen through the power play and through the middle,” he said.

“The lengths probably have to change, and it’s probably not going to swing outside those couple of overs. I still feel like the role is to take wickets. Just at different times and through different partnerships with different matchups, I guess.”

Finch, Tim David and Marcus Stoinis are all under injury clouds ahead of Australia’s next game against Afghanistan, and the defending champs also have to hope either New Zealand beats England on Tuesday night, or they get a run-rate boost in their final game, to progress to the semi-finals.

“For us, it’s just trying to win these games, first and foremost, because if you don’t win, it doesn’t matter, does it?” Starc said.

“Yeah, a tick of the box today. We brought that run rate back a bit, and we’ll see how we place in 24 hours.”

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