Mitchell Starc

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Mitchell Starc
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Personal information
Full name Mitchell Aaron Starc
Born (1990-01-30) 30 January 1990 (age 26)
Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Height 197 cm (6 ft 6 in)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Left arm Fast
Role Bowler, Lower Order Batsman
Relations Alyssa Healy (wife) [1]
Ian Healy (uncle-in-law)
Greg Healy (father-in-law)
Tom Healy (cousin-in-law)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 425) 1 December 2011 v New Zealand
Last Test 5 November 2015 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 185) 20 October 2010 v India
Last ODI 19 June 2016 v England
ODI shirt no. 56
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009– New South Wales (squad no. 56)
2011– Sydney Sixers
2012 Yorkshire
2014– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 25 52 56 71
Runs scored 700 163 1094 285
Batting average 26.92 20.38 23.78 21.92
100s/50s 0/6 0/1 0/7 0/1
Top score 99 52* 99 52*
Balls bowled 4,891 1,976 9,746 3,546
Wickets 91 100 195 154
Bowling average 30.58 19.6 28.13 18.45
5 wickets in innings 4 5 8 8
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 6/111 6/28 6/51 6/25
Catches/stumpings 13/– 12/– 30/– 18/–
Source: ESPN Cricinfo, 3 December 2015

Mitchell Aaron Starc (born 30 January 1990), is an Australian cricketer who currently plays first-class cricket for the New South Wales Blues. He is a left-arm fast bowler and is also a handy lower order left-handed batsman. He was a prominent member of the victorious Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and would be declared Man of the Tournament as a result of his consistent performances.

Domestic career[edit]

Starc playing for New South Wales in 2011

He is also a former junior cricketer for the Berala Sports Cricket Club in Sydney, Australia, who attended Homebush Boys High School also representing the school's 1st grade cricket team. He was known to wicketkeeper and bowl in the same innings during his time with the club. Mitchell Starc was also a representative cricketer of the Northern District Cricket Association (NDCA).

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 captured 21 wickets, including a best of 5 for 74 against Queensland, and also chipped in with a half-century.[2]

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 underline his dominance: 26 wickets from six matches at an average of 8.12 and a strike rate of 12.3.[3] Starc was named as Player of the Tournament in the tournament in which New South Wales won.

International career[edit]

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 Doug Bollinger was injured after the First Test, and that left Starc and fellow uncapped young pacemen Peter George and James Pattinson competing for a place. George was selected, and after Pattinson was injured, Starc made his 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.[4] He took two wickets in the match,[5] and another two in the second Test in Hobart.[6] He was left out of the squad named for the first Test of the subsequent series against India,[7] but was recalled for the third Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground in place of spinner Nathan Lyon, taking four wickets. Starc earned his first international call-up for Australia's 2010 tour to India, debuting in an ODI. In the Test series in India in 2013, he fell just one short of a maiden Test ton.

Starc was selected to play for the third test of South Africa's tour of Australia in 2012. 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.[8] 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. 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 at an economy rate of 3.58), 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 Adelaide Oval.[9]

  • In 2015, on day three of the Second Test between Australia vs New Zealand, Starc delivered his fastest ball at a rapid thunderbolt of 160.4 kph. This happened in the 89th over. This also made another record of the fastest Yorker ever bowled by any bowler, and the fastest ball ever bowled in a test. Within this spell he was consistently bowling well over 150kph. One of which, at 154.8 kph, smashed the corner of Brendon McCullum's bat. However, the accuracy of these readings has been criticized by fans and experts who indicate that the speed gun may have been malfunctioning. Evidence of this can be seen during a Tim Southee over in the same match where deliveries were recorded as 150kph and over, a speed he has never been close to achieving in his career.
  • Starc is the first bowler to ball in a day-night test match ever, and first bowler to use pink ball in a test match.

BBL and IPL career[edit]

In 2012, Starc was signed by the Sydney Sixers for the inaugural Big Bash League, followed by the Champions League T20. In the 2014 Indian Premier League, 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.[10] 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.[11]

He was later selected by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2014 auction. During the third test of 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy Starc became the first recorded instance of a No. 9, 10 or 11 surviving 100 balls in both innings.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Starc is of Slovene descent.[13] He is the older brother of Australian high jumper Brandon Starc.[14]

In 2015 he became engaged to Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy.[15] They were married on 15 April 2016. The Starcs are only the third married couple to play test cricket after the English Prideauxs (Roger and Ruth) in the 1950s - 60, and the Sri Lankan de Alwis couple (Guy and Rasanjali) in the 1980's to 90's [16]

Starc supports the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League.[17]

Career best performances[edit]

*as of November 28, 2015

Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
Tests 99 Australia v India Mohali 2013 6–111 Australia v England Nottingham 2015
ODI 52* Australia v Sri Lanka Sydney 2013 6–28 Australia v New Zealand Auckland 2015
T20I 4 Australia v West Indies Dhaka 2014 3–11 Australia v Pakistan Dubai 2012
FC 99 Australia v India Mohali 2013 6–51 Australia v Essex Chelmsford 2015
LA 52* Australia v Sri Lanka Sydney 2013 6–25 NSW v CAXI Sydney 2015
T20 29 RCB v KXIP Bangalore 2014 4–15 RCB v KXIP Bangalore 2015

Five-wicket hauls[edit]

Test 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 6/154 5  South Africa WACA Perth Australia 2012 Lost
2 5/63 6  Sri Lanka Bellerive Oval Hobart Australia 2012 Won
3 5/114 17  England SWALEC Stadium Cardiff England 2015 Lost
4 6/111 20  England Trent Bridge Nottingham England 2015 Lost

ODI 5 wicket hauls[edit]

# Figures Match Opponent Venue City Country Year Result
1 5/42 09  Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium Sharjah U.A.E 2012 Won
2 5/20 16  West Indies WACA Perth Australia 2013 Won
3 5/32 17  West Indies WACA Perth Australia 2013 Won
4 6/43 30  India MCG Melbourne Australia 2015 Won
5 6/28 34  New Zealand Eden Park Auckland New Zealand 2015 Lost

International Awards[edit]

One-Day International Cricket[edit]

Man of the series awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Australia vs Pakistan in UAE 2012 Runs: 11 (4 balls: 2×4), Ave – N/A, SR – 275.00
Field: 27.5–2–136–9, Ave – 15.11, Econ – 4.89, 1 catch
 Australia Won the series 2–1.[18]
2 West Indies in Australia 2012/13 Runs: DNB
Field: 21.5–3–102–11, Ave – 9.27, Econ – 4.67
 Australia Won the series 5–0.[19]
3 Carlton Mid Triangular Series 2014/15 Runs: 1 (1 ball)
Field: 39.5–2–196–12, Ave – 16.33, Econ – 4.92, 1 catch
 Australia Won the series 4–0.[20]
4 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Runs: 0 (3 balls)
Field: 63.5–3–224–22, Ave – 10.18, Econ – 3.51, 5 catches
 Australia Won the World Cup.[21]

Man of the Match awards[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance Result
1 Afghanistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 25 August 2012 1* (1 ball); 9–1–47–4  Australia won by 66 runs.[22]
2 Pakistan Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah 28 August 2012 10–2–42–5; DNB  Australia won by 4 wickets.[23]
3 West Indies WACA, Perth 1 February 2013 6.5–2–20–5; DNB  Australia won by 9 wickets.[24]
4 England SCG, Sydney 16 January 2015 8.5–0–42–4; 0* (0 balls)  Australia won by 3 wickets.[25]
5 India MCG, Melbourne 18 January 2015 10–2–43–6; DNB  Australia won by 4 wickets.[26]
6 Scotland Bellerive Oval, Hobart 14 March 2015 4.4–1–14–4: DNB  Australia won by 7 wickets.[27]

Twenty20 International Cricket[edit]

Man of the match awards[edit]

# Series Season Match Performance Result
1 Australia vs South Africa in South Africa 2013/14 4–1–16–2; DNB  Australia won by 6 wickets.[28]


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