Brace yourselves England, Australia can get even better. That is the warning from Mitchell Starc after the star paceman hit back at Trevor Bayliss and suggestions the Aussies have been left unsettled by tourists following the Adelaide Ashes Test.
Australia took control of the series on Wednesday, moving 2-0 ahead and a step closer to clinching the urn thanks to a 120-run win in the day-night match at Adelaide Oval
However, England's Australian head coach Bayliss claimed the hosts were carrying "some scars" heading into the Perth Test after Joe Root's men threatened to pull off an unlikely victory having fought back on day four.
Starc – who finished with eight wickets after posting figures of 5-88 in the second innings – laughed off Bayliss' suggestions on Thursday.
"They had to give it their all during the week to get themselves into a position to have a chase in the fourth innings and to come up short," Starc said.
Starc added: "The exciting thing is our bowling group can still get better.
"We've obviously managed to take 40 wickets in the last couple of weeks and do some really good things, but I think there's still a lot of room for improvement.
"The same can be said of our batters, so it's a really exciting spot to be in."
The third Test gets underway on December 14 and Australia have the opportunity for an unassailable 3-0 lead.
"Obviously we won't know until we get there next week but hopefully we see a nice, fast, bouncy wicket," he continued.
"Hopefully a WACA of old and we can get stuck into their batters again as a bowling group."
Starc leads the way for bowlers in the Ashes with 14 wickets after two Tests, three ahead of in-form spinner and team-mate Nathan Lyon, while fellow quicks Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins have taken seven apiece.
"Having grown up together - Gazza [Lyon] is a bit older - we spend so much time off the field as a group as well," Starc said. "We're really close mates so I think that shows in the way we play our cricket. We're gelling really nicely and we complement each other really well.
"Gazza's bowling outstandingly at the moment. That allows the other three of us to do what we need to do from one end if need be. And then Josh does what he does and allows Pat and I to bowl as fast as we want."
23. März 2018
|France 2 Colombia 3: Quintero completes stunning comeback in Paris|
|Portugal 2 Egypt 1: Late Ronaldo double stuns Salah-inspired Pharaohs|
|No Messi, no Magic – Sampaoli playing a risky game ignoring Dybala|
|Netherlands 0 England 1: Lingard strikes to ruin Koeman´s debut|
|Scotland 0 Costa Rica 1: McLeish suffers defeat in first game back|
|Argentina 2 Italy 0: Banega & Lanzini win it for Messi-less Albiceleste|
|Germany 1 Spain 1: Muller wonderstrike cancels out Rodrigo opener|
|Curry available to make Warriors return against Hawks|
|Paire ousts out-of-sorts Djokovic in Miami|
|Ibrahimovic: If I want to go to the World Cup, I´m there|
|Michael Bennett indicted for allegedly injuring paraplegic woman|
|Svitolina ends Osaka winning run in Miami|
|Australia not ready for World Cup – Van Marwijk|
|Turkey 1 Republic of Ireland 0: Topal strike downs O´Neill´s men|
|Norway 4 Australia 1: Kamara hat-trick spoils Van Marwijk´s Socceroos bow|
|Aguero to miss Argentina friendlies|
|Monaco rubbish reports Rybolovlev will sell club and buy AC Milan|
|Harman sends McIlroy packing in Austin|
|Messi misses Argentina-Italy game|
|Neuer cautious over comeback date despite taking positive steps|
|Lehmann slams ´disgraceful´ Newlands abuse|
|Di Maria predicts ´big change´ at PSG after Champions League failure|
|Everton defender Holgate warned for alleged homophobic tweets|
|Russia 0 Brazil 3: Coutinho on target in routine win|
|Icardi must keep performing to earn Argentina recall, says Zanetti|
|Different place, same Zlatan - Ibrahimovic determined to maintain winning DNA with LA Galaxy|
|Injured Cavendish out of Commonwealth Games|
|Experience the key for Juventus in title race, insists Trezeguet|
|Stanikzai plays through the pain to guide Afghanistan to glory|
|Lyon and Paine frustrate Proteas after Morkel joins 300 club|
|Messi lacks Maradona´s charisma, claims Batistuta|
|Usain Bolt claims he´ll return to Dortmund|
|Trezeguet confident Pogba will shine at the World Cup|
|Ibrahimovic departs Europe with remarkable haul of league titles|
|´Very, very happy´ Lanzini loves West Ham amid transfer talk|
|LA Galaxy confirm Ibrahimovic arrival|
|Pressure off soaring Falcons, says Flood|
|Afghanistan edge out Ireland to secure World Cup spot|
|Age no barrier to Messi brilliance - Kluivert|
|Japan 1 Mali 1: Late Nakajima strike earns a draw|
|Record-breaking Stockdale named Six Nations´ top player|
|Warner in verbal altercation with fan following dismissal|
|Uruguay 2 Czech Republic 0: Suarez scores 50th international goal|
|I choose the Galaxy! - Ibrahimovic confirms LA switch|
|Retiring Morkel joins the 300 club|
|Parker accuses Joshua of disrespect towards NZ media|
|Roberto Carlos declares Neymar and Brazil the World Cup favourites|
|Kluivert tells son Justin to snub Manchester United for Barcelona|
|It´s hard to swing it when it´s not round - Anderson unhappy with pink ball|
|Reading appoint former Swansea boss Clement|
|I had to get out of my comfort zone - Goretzka explains Bayern switch|
|Isaako kicks Broncos to golden-point win over Tigers|
|Adelaide United 5 Newcastle Jets 2: Five-star Reds end winless streak|
|Crusaders back to winning ways as Rebels rout Sharks|
|Goals, nutmegs and cheers - Usain Bolt impresses in Borussia Dortmund training|
|Ricciardo given three-place grid penalty|
|Williamson frustrated not to kick on after record-breaking century|
|De Bruyne: Don´t compare me to Messi and Ronaldo|
|Raza apologises for Zimbabwe´s World Cup woe|
|Real Madrid can win the Champions League, Roberto Carlos claims|
|Martinez determined to earn World Cup place|
|Horner and Arrivabene clash over Ferrari´s recruitment from FIA|
|Williamson notches record ton but rain frustrates New Zealand|
|Arthur ´counting the days´ to Barcelona switch|
|English football must address racism, says Southgate|
|Alisson can be world´s best – Taffarel|
|Rockets need OT to beat Pistons, Hornets record sixth biggest win|
|Hamilton contract to be finalised ´soon´, says Wolff|
|Warriors star Curry ´definitely´ wants ownership stake in Panthers|
|Kings´ Kopitar tallies first four-goal game|