Australia slumped to an embarrassing loss of a spin and 132 runs in the space of three days in the Nagpur Test as Boland, despite losing, was in order with 0-34 from 17 overs as Australia.
Boland was initially unwilling to play during the first test, but Josh Hazlewood’s Achilles injury opened the door for the pacer.
Stark missed the opening match of the series due to a finger injury and was set to be Australia’s second fast bowler in Delhi. Selectors may consider going with three up front players, should all-rounder Cameron Green, who is also recovering from a finger injury, return to the side.
“I felt like I played well, but when you bring in someone like Mitchell Stark, who is a gun in these circumstances and plays really well in Sri Lanka and Pakistan… I hope to make the selectors’ job a little bit more difficult than it was originally.”
He added, “I felt like I contributed to our game plan and had a good run with Toadie (Murphy) a few times, so I’m very happy with the way they’ve come out.”
The second test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will start at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here on February 17.
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