Aussie bowlers not keen to rest for summer

Scott Bailey
Mitchell Starc insists Australia's bowling strike force aim to keep going through the summer

Australia's quicks want to stay together for the summer as they sit on the verge of wrapping up a 2-0 series whitewash over Pakistan.

The Aussies will need just seven wickets on Monday to claim the win in Adelaide, with Pakistan still requiring another 248 runs to make them bat again.

Mitchell Starc has again been the star with 6-66 in the first innings and 1-10 in the second, stamping his authority as one of Australia's leading paceman again.

The Adelaide Test has marked the first time since last summer Australia have kept the same bowlers together for two consecutive games, after rotating them through the Ashes.

But each of the quicks have insisted they don't want to be rested this summer, with Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc having played the bulk of their cricket together for the past three years.

"They might ask me (to rest) but I'm not going to put my hand up for it," Starc said.

"The really positive thing is we have got guys who are fit and firing, Patto (James Pattinson) bowled really well (in the Sheffield Shield) in Melbourne from all reports.

(Michael) Neser has been with us this week and he has got great skills, he's phenomenal with the pink ball and the red ball.

"So we have got again a squad full of fit bowlers but I can guarantee that not one of us is going to put our hand up for a rest."

Working in Australia's favour is that there are longer rest periods between matches.

While the Ashes were close together due to the compact nature of an English summer following the World Cup, Australia will have nine days between Adelaide and Perth.

Another week then separates the first Test against New Zealand from Melbourne's Boxing Day Test, before the usual tight turnaround into the last Test of the summer in Sydney.