Putting stats aside, they're not in the same ball park IMO.Starc has 38% of his wickets from nos. 7-11 @ 12.4
Johnson got 38% of his wickets from nos. 7-11 @ 13.1
Johnson reminded me a bit of Richo, who was mocked by many neutrals before a strong finish redefined his career.
Yeah you could argue that his best was better, or the opposition he played against was a bit stronger, but there's not much of a difference. They both have 222 wickets after 53 Tests. Even their batting records are similar.
MJ has destroyed sides and put the fear of God into the opposition.
I'm not bagging Starc, but he has never really dominated a series like MJ.
Kevin Pieterson said in his book it was the first time he saw professional cricketers
actually scared of going out to bat when going out to face MJ.
Johnny Bairstow said of Johnson "he wasn't man of the series, he was the series".