Akram readies Mitchell Starc for swing assault against Proteas this summer
Pacer Mitchell Starc is all set to unleash a swing assault this summer against the Proteas rafter a random meeting with Akram in South Africa helped The Australian restore "whip" to his wrist action
Pakistan great Akram was famous for making the ball talk, and is now mentoring left-armer Starc.
Starc met him during the Champions League T20 tournament last month.
"I had a chance to talk to Wasim during the Champions league and he reminded me to be relaxed with my wrist and that's how you get whip in your wrist action," Starc said.
"He said I can't be too rigid and mechanical in the wrist or I won't get that whip. I'm constantly tweaking things, just little things with my action and tactically too. I never like to make massive changes but I'm always trying to improve my technique," he said.
Starc, 22, is one of four pacers competing for three places for the first Test against South Africa at the Gabba this Friday.
His left-arm variety and in-swing to right handers should see him earn a berth in the Test team at some stage this season, News.com.au reports.
Akram, who was in South Africa as bowling coach for Kolkata Knight Riders, has tutored Starc previously.
"We first met at the SCG nets during the last cricket summer and he gave me great advice then. He's a genius at what he did and he still has it too. He bowled a few in Sydney with a suit on and he still got the ball to swing," Starc said.
Akram captured 414 Test wickets at an excellent average of 23.6.