Starc's new groove boosts WT20 title hopes

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Captain Aaron Finch says star paceman Mitchell Starc is back in the groove and ready to secure Australia a spot in the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals.

Starc had been struggling with his run-up rhythm in recent times, but made a significant breakthrough at training a few days ago.

The 31-year-old showcased his new-found rhythm with a haul of 2-21 off four overs in Australia's crushing eight-wicket win over Bangladesh on Thursday.

The win means Australia will almost certainly be guaranteed a spot in the semi-finals if they can beat the West Indies on Saturday night.

Finch said Starc's recent breakthrough with his run-up while working with assistant coach Andrew McDonald had produced notable results.

"It was something over the last couple of weeks that he's been working on, and he started to get into a really good rhythm the other day at training," Finch said.

"He said he felt as though it was a lot smoother. I know facing him in the nets it felt quick and he was swinging the ball, which is a great sign for Mitch when that's happening."

Finch said Starc's match-winning abilities made him a vital weapon in the team's bid for the T20 crown.

If Australia lose to the West Indies, they would need England to beat South Africa in the later game.

Finch doesn't want to leave anything to chance.

"We'd love to keep it in our control," Finch said.

"That's all you can focus on. As soon as you start hoping other teams win or lose, it just clouds your judgement and your vision.

"The West Indies are such a dangerous side. With them being out of the competition now, they've got nothing to lose, which can also be a really dangerous spot."

The West Indies beat a weakened Australian team 4-1 in a T20 series in July.

Spinner Adam Zampa looms as a key factor against the West Indies after snaring career-best figures of 5-19 against Bangladesh.

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