Mitchell Aaron Starc (born 30 January 1990), is an Australian international cricketer who plays for the Australian national team and New South Wales in domestic cricket. He is a left-arm fast bowler and a capable lower order left-handed batsman. He was a prominent member of the victorious Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and was declared Man of the Tournament as a result of his consistent performances.
Mitchell Starc in 2010
|Full name||Mitchell Aaron Starc|
|Born||30 January 1990|
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
|Nickname||The Mop, Starcy|
|Height||196 cm (6 ft 5 in)|
|Relations||Alyssa Healy (wife)|
Ian Healy (uncle-in-law)
Brandon Starc (brother)
|Test debut (cap 425)||1 December 2011 v New Zealand|
|Last Test||1 February 2019 v Sri Lanka|
|ODI debut (cap 185)||20 October 2010 v India|
|Last ODI||11 November 2018 v South Africa|
|ODI shirt no.||56|
|T20I debut (cap 59)||7 September 2012 v Pakistan|
|Last T20I||25 November 2018 v India|
|T20I shirt no.||56|
|Domestic team information|
|2009–present||New South Wales|
|2014–2016||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 4 February 2019
On 15 November 2015, Starc delivered the fastest recorded delivery in a Test match, of 160.4kph against Ross Taylor of New Zealand. However, that delivery is disputed to be a mistake by the radar gun because the rest of his deliveries in that over never went beyond 150kph. Starc then became the fastest bowler to take (over) 100 ODI wickets on 21 August 2016 against Sri Lanka, doing so in 52 innings and breaking Saqlain Mushtaq's 19-year-old record of taking 100 wickets in 53 innings. However, just 19 months later on 25 March 2018, Starc had his record broken by Rashid Khan, who took 100 wickets in only 44 innings. As of February 2019, Starc nevertheless remains the fastest paceman to achieve the feat.
In November 2017, he became the first bowler to take a hat-trick in each innings of a Sheffield Shield match, while playing for New South Wales against Western Australia in the 2017–18 Sheffield Shield season. Although never having played all together in a match due to various reasons, Starc along with James Pattinson, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood are widely regarded as the "Big Four" of Australian cricket.
Starc started playing cricket from a young age, at 9 years old for Northern Districts as a wicketkeeper. He was a representative cricketer of the Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA) and attended Homebush Boys High School, representing the school's 1st grade cricket team. He is also a former junior cricketer for the Berala Sports Cricket Club in Sydney, where was he known to keep wicket and bowl in the same innings.
Starc debuted for his home state New South Wales in 2009, at the age of 19. His performances for Western Suburbs and the state 2nd XI earned him the elevation and he replaced the suspended Aaron Bird for the final match of the season. Starc gained a spot at the Centre of Excellence in the off-season in 2009. In eight Sheffield Shield games in the 2009–10 season, he made a half-century and took 21 wickets, including a best of 5 for 74 against Queensland.
In 2015, Starc maintained his dominance at the international level by breaking records in the Australian domestic one-day tournament, which came about due to postponement of Australia's tour of Bangladesh. The pure numbers from Starc's tournament underlined his dominance: 26 wickets from six matches at an average of 8.12 and a strike rate of 12.3. Starc was named as Player of the Tournament in the tournament in which New South Wales won.
After a series of injuries to several senior Australian fast bowlers, Starc was a late replacement in the team to tour India in late 2010, replacing Josh Hazlewood. Later, after Doug Bollinger was injured following the first Test, Starc and fellow uncapped young pacemen Peter George and James Pattinson were left competing for a place. George was selected and after Pattinson was injured, Starc would earn his first international call-up and made his One Day International (ODI) debut against India in Visakhapatnam in October 2010. He did not bat and was wicketless.
Starc made his Test debut for Australia on 1 December 2011, in the first Test of the two-Test series against New Zealand in Brisbane. He took two wickets in the match and another two in the second Test in Hobart. He was left out of the squad named for the first Test of the subsequent series against India, but was recalled for the third Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground in place of spinner Nathan Lyon, taking four wickets. In the Test series in India in 2012–13, he fell just one run short of a maiden Test ton. During the third Test of the 2012–13 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in India, Starc became the first No. 9, 10 or 11 batsman to survive 100 balls in both innings.
Starc was selected to play in the third Test of South Africa's tour of Australia in 2012–13. Whilst Australia lost the match, Starc took 6/154 and achieved the second fastest Test fifty (32 balls) by an Australian in Australia's second innings on 4 December. Despite his recent form, he was rested in favour of Jackson Bird to make his debut for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. They would both be selected for the Sydney Test a week later.
Starc received the Man of the Tournament award in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which Australia won, defeating New Zealand in the final. In the league stage match between Australia and New Zealand, Starc gave his best performance in ODIs of 6/28 as a reply to Trent Boult's 5/27 which left Australia defending a meagre score of 151, which New Zealand eventually scored and thus won by 1 wicket. He also became Australia's leading wicket-taker across all forms of first-class and international cricket for the 2014–15 season with 60 wickets, including the leading wicket-taker for 2015 Cricket World Cup (22 wickets at an average of 10.0 and an economy rate of 3.5), having played one fewer game than New Zealander Trent Boult. Starc was adjudged Man of the Tournament in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He also is the leading wicket-taker in the world in all forms of international cricket for the 2015 calendar year with 87 after his ankle injury in the inaugural day/night Test at the Adelaide Oval.
In the second Test match of Australia's 2016 away tour of Sri Lanka, Starc took his 100th Test wicket. He won the 2017 Allan Border Medal for the best Test bowler for his performance with the ball against Sri Lanka in 2016. He reached 1,000 Test runs in Pune in the 2016–17 Border–Gavaskar Trophy series against India. With this he became the 14th Australian cricketer to take more than 100 wickets and score more than 1,000 runs in Test cricket.
In April 2018, he was awarded a national contract by Cricket Australia for the 2018–19 season. He took 13 wickets in the 2018–19 Border–Gavaskar Trophy series against India and in the following Test series against Sri Lanka, he was instrumental in setting up Australia's series clinching win with his 10-wicket haul.
BBL and IPL careerEdit
In 2012, Starc was signed by the Sydney Sixers for the inaugural Big Bash League (BBL), followed by the Champions League T20. During the 2011–12 Australian summer, Starc also played for the Sydney Sixers in the inaugural Big Bash League. The Sixers won the tournament and Starc finished as its equal third-highest wicket-taker with 13 in six matches..
In the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL), he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and quickly became their key bowler in the IPL 2015 edition. After missing the beginning of the tournament with injury, he came back and continued on with his good form from the World Cup.
Having also missed the 2016 edition of IPL, in February 2017, Starc parted ways with Royal Challengers Bangalore in order to focus on international cricket, for which Royal Challengers Bangalore got an addition of 5 crore to their purse at the 2017 IPL auction. On 27 January 2018, in the 2018 IPL auction he was bought for ₹9.4 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). On 30 March, Starc was ruled out of the 2018 IPL season due to injury. He was released from KKR on 14 November 2018.
Starc, along with many other Australian bowlers including Pat Cummins didn't enroll for the IPL 2019 Auction to focus on the Cricket World Cup 2019 that was about to follow.
In 2015, Starc became engaged to fellow Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy and they married on 15 April 2016. The Starcs are only the third married couple to both play Test cricket, after Roger and Ruth Prideaux, who represented England in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as Guy and Rasanjali de Alwis, who represented Sri Lanka in the 1980s and 1990s.They met when they were 9, when both were wicketkeepers for Northern Districts.
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