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Australian bowling giant Brett Lee has hit critics of left-wing talisman Mitchell Starc.

Spin legend Shane Warne has been by far the loudest of them, and he continued his long-standing criticism of Starc as he essentially demanded his dismissal from the test team ahead of the Ashes series.

“He had a really bad (20) World Cup. He just is not bowling well enough,” Warne said publicly before the first test on Gabba.

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Now, to put it mildly, it looks like a silly idea to cut Starc from the side.

Starc instantly silenced Warne and others as he threw Rory Burns onto the very first ball of the Ashes.

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He has taken three wickets in Brisbane, six in Adelaide with the pink ball and five in Melbourne – including a stunning spell at the end of Day 2 that ultimately ruined England’s chances of victory.

Lee is tired of the criticism of Starc, who has now played 64 tests and taken 269 wickets with an average of 27.15.

“For his name to be consistently thrown around, ‘he should be dropped’ or ‘he should not be on the team,’ I just think it’s ridiculous,” Lee told Fox Sports.

“Absolutely absurd. He’s always the first to get thrown under the bus.

“You do not take over 250 test wickets by succeeding. It’s hard work, dedication and sacrifice.

“He’s been around the team for a long time now, he’s an experienced player.

“He has proven to everyone that he is good enough. So let the guy bowl. Let him enjoy his career and do not throw his head at the chopping block.”

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