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Name : Mitchell Starc

Birth Info : 01 Jan ,1970 , at Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales

Status : Bowler Batting : Batting: Left Handed Bowling : Bowling: Left-arm fast

Player Profile

Fast and furious, that’s the best way to describe one of the fearsome pace bowlers of the 21st century - Mitchell Aaron Starc. He burst onto the scene in the early 2009/10 season, representing New South Wales and was soon compared with Mitchell Johnson. The only similarity though was that they both were left-arm quick bowlers. Other than that they had their different style. Johnson with his slinging action relied more on pace and bounce whereas Starc with his upright action depended more on swing and deadly yorkers.


In his early days, Starc had to struggle to make to the national team as there was an army of pace bowlers waiting in the wings. The lanky left-armer often found himself in and out of the team. However, a stint with the English county side Yorkshire in 2012 did him a world of good. Post 2013, Starc’s career started to blossom and soon he became a vital part of Australia’s limited overs setup.


A couple of fifers in back-to-back ODIs against West Indies in 2013 further sealed the deal for Mitchell Starc but his Test career still was blowing hot and cold. It was in the year 2014 when a remark made by Shane Warne in the commentary box turned things upside down. The legendary leg spinner labelled Starc’s body language ‘soft’ after his dismal performance against India in the Gabba Test in mid-December. Subsequently, Mitchell was dropped for the Boxing Day Test.


Starc, however, didn’t lose hope. He took the criticism in his stride and to his fortune there was a Big Bash League going on at that time. He got an opportunity to prove his mettle and grabbed it with both hands. The pacer unleashed his aggressive side in a few T20 games he played for Sydney Sixers and owing to that success, the selectors reinstated him for the fourth Test against India. Mitchell Starc has not looked back since.


Following years were fruitful for Mitchell Starc, who discovered a new aggressive side to his bowling. He was among the top bowlers in 2015 and finished 2016 as the most successful pace bowler in Tests after claiming 50 wickets. Not to forget his deadly bowling in the 2015 World Cup which earned him the Player of the Tournament tag and also made him the number one bowler in the ICC ODI rankings.


But everything comes with a price. His eagerness to bowl the extra mile put his body through a lot of strain and as a result he suffered an ankle injury and a stress fracture. The Australian team management though have managed their premium fast bowler quite well by giving him ample time to rest and recover. The quality and ability that Starc possesses, he still has not done full justice to his Test career and the Kangaroos would be hoping a lot from him in the near future.


Fast Facts

  • Began his cricket career as a wicketkeeper
  • First bowler to bowl with a pink ball in Test cricket
  • Holds the record for the third fastest Test fifty for Australia
  • First tailender (No. 9-11) to play at least 100 balls in both innings of a Test
  • Player of the Tournament in the 2015 World Cup

Player Batting Detail

Field

Test

ODI

IPL

T20

Matches

36

-

27

22

Innings

55

32

12

6

NotOuts

12

15

5

2

Runs

1067

259

96

12

Highest

99

52

29

4

Avarage

24.81

15.23

13.71

3.00

Strike Rate

68.75

140.54

126.08

100.00

Hundreds

0

0

0

0

Fifties

9

1

0

0

Fours

109

20

10

0

Player Bowling Detail

Field

Test

ODI

IPL

T20

Matches

36

68

27

22

Innings

-

68

26

22

Balls

7355

3359

580

501

Runs

4197

2698

693

12

TenWickets

1

0

0

0

FiveWickets

28.35

20.13

20.38

18.86

FourWickets

8

8

1

0

Average

28.35

20.13

20.38

18.86

EconomyRate

3.42

4.81

7.16

6.77

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