County news April 18, 2012

Yorkshire face Starc choice

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Yorkshire are close to a deal with Mitchell Starc, Australia's up-and-coming fast bowler, as their coach, Jason Gillespie acts to strengthen the club's pace bowling resources after an indifferent start to their Division Two campaign.

It took Gillespie just one Championship match to decide that Yorkshire needed an overseas fast bowler if they are to regain their Division One status at the first time of asking. Although Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire's director of cricket, said there was "nothing definite", discussions are well advanced over Starc's arrival at Headingley.

Starc, a left-arm quick capped three times at Test level, is with the Australia squad in the West Indies but he has not been selected for the first two Tests. He was also omitted from Australia's party for the preceding one-day series and so could be bursting for some cricket when the final Test ends in Dominica on April 27.

Gillespie needs no reminding of Headingley's reputation for favouring swing bowlers and Starc, 22, is eager to hone his skills in swinging the ball after benefiting early in the New Year from some guidance from the former Pakistan allrounder, Wasim Akram. Whether Yorkshire, deep in debt, can afford him, however, remains to be seen.

Moxon said: "We are looking at a few options and I'm hoping that something might happen in the next few days. At the moment, however, we've got nothing definite. The problem with trying to sign an overseas player is that the process, invariably, is never straightforward.

"It was in our thoughts anyway to look for an overseas player, but I think that has been probably stepped up a bit after the first game. We weren't at our best with the ball against Kent. The lads are working hard and trying very hard, but we have struggled to maintain that pressure with the ball."

Starc's Australian representatives would not confirm negotiations, but the 5 Oceans Management website is clear that he is eager for an opportunity after an inactive Caribbean tour, stating: "Unfortunately Mitchell has not been required in a game yet, but he is keeping very fit, constantly training hard in the nets and learning new skills around the Australian team. Hopefully an opportunity presents itself soon, as Mitchell is sure to take it with both hands."

It was a ninth-wicket stand of 153 between Kent's Matt Coles, who made a maiden first-class hundred, and Mark Davies that convinced Yorkshire that for all their financial woes they would have to act. Another problematic game against Leeds/Bradford MCCU, which at one stage Yorkshire looked like losing, added to the county's fears.

Iain Wardlaw, who struggled against Kent, is likely to be replaced by Steve Patterson as Yorkshire reshuffle their pace attack against Essex at Headingley on Thursday.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Trickstar on April 19, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @jonesy2 I think you're right for once, he would be better off playing club cricket in zimbabwe or canada because that's his level and he's coming from a very similar standard of cricket to that in Zimbabwe which is the Sheffield Shield, which is dire beyond belief, saying the standard is poor is doing it a favor.

  • Simoc on April 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Starc is a beginner still and shows good potential. But he has a way to go. This would be an opportunity for him to improve and gain confidence in England. The money comes later if he is up to it. He's not at present.

  • Meety on April 19, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @ Mitcher - on fire!!!!!!

  • jonesy2 on April 19, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    division two? he is way too good for that considering he is better than every single bowler in england. he would be better off playing club cricket in zimbabwe or canada

  • jonesy2 on April 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    oh starcy will dominate it will be a great mission for him. i hope he plays in the last test against the windies

  • Mitcher on April 19, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    @YorkshireQueenslander: there are so few Shield teams, the states don't need foreigners generally to prop up their stocks. There are plenty of examples of foreigners playing Sydney Grade though. Probably a more comparable comp to the county championship.

  • Meety on April 19, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @YorkshireQueenslander - judging by your handle, its time the QLD government banned all foreigners from living in the state! LOL! @hris if Magoffin can get a 6 or 7 for the other day, Starc will do very well in the Old Dart me thinks!

  • YorkshireQueenslander on April 18, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Time the ECB put a stop to overseas players from countries due to tour from playing the previous season and current season of the tour! Rest of the test playing countries do it…look at the shield comp not a foreigner in sight!

  • Aussasinator on April 18, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Gradually the English are teaching the Aussies the art of swing bowling. There go the Ashes.

  • on April 18, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Digging up Fred Trueman would give us more chance of taking wickets than picking the ineffectual Iain Wardlaw, who seems to have got a contract due to the fact he's the skipper's mate.

  • Trickstar on April 19, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    @jonesy2 I think you're right for once, he would be better off playing club cricket in zimbabwe or canada because that's his level and he's coming from a very similar standard of cricket to that in Zimbabwe which is the Sheffield Shield, which is dire beyond belief, saying the standard is poor is doing it a favor.

  • Simoc on April 19, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Starc is a beginner still and shows good potential. But he has a way to go. This would be an opportunity for him to improve and gain confidence in England. The money comes later if he is up to it. He's not at present.

  • Meety on April 19, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @ Mitcher - on fire!!!!!!

  • jonesy2 on April 19, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    division two? he is way too good for that considering he is better than every single bowler in england. he would be better off playing club cricket in zimbabwe or canada

  • jonesy2 on April 19, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    oh starcy will dominate it will be a great mission for him. i hope he plays in the last test against the windies

  • Mitcher on April 19, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    @YorkshireQueenslander: there are so few Shield teams, the states don't need foreigners generally to prop up their stocks. There are plenty of examples of foreigners playing Sydney Grade though. Probably a more comparable comp to the county championship.

  • Meety on April 19, 2012, 3:56 GMT

    @YorkshireQueenslander - judging by your handle, its time the QLD government banned all foreigners from living in the state! LOL! @hris if Magoffin can get a 6 or 7 for the other day, Starc will do very well in the Old Dart me thinks!

  • YorkshireQueenslander on April 18, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    Time the ECB put a stop to overseas players from countries due to tour from playing the previous season and current season of the tour! Rest of the test playing countries do it…look at the shield comp not a foreigner in sight!

  • Aussasinator on April 18, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    Gradually the English are teaching the Aussies the art of swing bowling. There go the Ashes.

  • on April 18, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    Digging up Fred Trueman would give us more chance of taking wickets than picking the ineffectual Iain Wardlaw, who seems to have got a contract due to the fact he's the skipper's mate.

  • Dubious on April 18, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    @Steve, if only England still had that policy too 'aye.

  • RandyOZ on April 18, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    @@Mitcher - very well played mate. Although given the recent drubbings at the hands of the lowly Pakistan and Sri Lanka I am sure they are down in the traansvaal now on a recruitment mission!

  • RandyOZ on April 18, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    If Starc plays, you may as well hand Yorkshire the championship now. With his banana like swing he will rip through any attack the South Africans can put on the field

  • hris on April 18, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    @Mitcher hahaha nice one. surprises me that this English team that just lost 4 out of last 5 tests still instills these ignorant fans with so much confidence that their team is somehow better than the rest. Even this mediocre oz team was able to beat SL away.

    One thing to ponder over - This oz team was called out as being the worst aussie unit in the last 20-30 years. And this English were being mentioned as being the best ever team from England. Similar things were said about India after the WorldCup and the current SA team. If this is the best they have to offer then i would be really worried if i was a fan of one of these teams.

  • on April 18, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    I can't see how anyone can rate Starc as second rate. He troubled the entire Indian line-up all summer. He no longer sprays the ball around as he did in his first couple of tests and given how so many county bowlers will never play test cricket, he would make a great success at Headingley. A lot of people who are commenting haven't seen Starc bowl in 2012.

  • Juiceoftheapple on April 18, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Well I'm not at all convinced by this everyone in the first division is much better than the second division stuff, there are some excellent cricketers in the 2nd division, there are just more of them in the first. Starc is just likely to take more wickets in the 2nd. It's the strength in depth of the teams, and the experience of their core playes that makes a good 1st div side. Somerset are using 2 of 4 bowlers with virtually no first class experience at all as well as 2 experienced / high quality bowlers (plus Trego as an allrounder). Our best young seam prospect for 4 day cricket (Dibble) has just got injured and Philander will be going soon, so I would bet my lunch money Brian Rose is having a word about Starc. Regardless of how good a test team some people think Aus now are, if one of Hilf / Siddle / Starc / Cummins etc want to come to Somerset I suspect we'll bite their arm off.

  • zenboomerang on April 18, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Starc is a likeable & easy going young bloke & will do well with whoever he plays for... His experience will also help a team which plays in a lower grade than Starc himself normally would... He has shown some good skills in the shorter formats & is a good lower order batsman... Lots to like about him... Seeing that he is in the Oz AIS team he will likely be playing for Aust A in July in Eng, so getting used to local conditions will definitely help his growing skills... Yorkshire will be lucky to get him...

  • Mitcher on April 18, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Judging from the comments, it seems the English are against the idea of importing all their talent. When the change of policy?

  • on April 18, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Pommy fans are pretty arrogant for a country that's lost 4 of their last 5 tests.

  • on April 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    whats happened to the standard of league cricket in Yorkshire? Yorkshire should revert back to only signing players born in the county or is club cricket so bad they need to spend money they dont have on an average Australian? im sure there are a 100 fast bowlers in league cricket who'd play for free and give a 100 times as much effort as Starc would.

  • Mervo on April 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Starc is the goods. Pace, bounce and lots of in-swing. Has to be better than any available bowlers there in Division 2.

  • StoneRose on April 18, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Agree with FredBoycott, Starc is an average bowler with radar problems and no better than more experienced current Yorkshire prospects. Nevermind that they can't afford him anyway. Also, Dashgar and Sam Morris seem to think that Div 2 is substandard, when it is not: Yorkshire would be a challenge for Starc - too much I feel - and his signing is not right for Yorkshire anyway.

  • on April 18, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Part of me feels Starc is a bigger fish at the moment than Yorkshire, he's easy good enough for any Div 1 side. Yorkshire also don't "need" him as such, they have some strong homegrown talent the English cricket team would appreciate them developing. He'd be a fantastic asset, and as an Australian I'd love to see him develop, any opportunity to play cricket would be a great one for Starc but I question the wisdom behind this decision.

  • Dashgar on April 18, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I'd prefer to see him in Div 1 but any first class cricket will help Starc to develop. Hope he gets to go and play plenty of games.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 18, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    What about some homegrown talent like giving Ashraf a run in the first XI, theres also Sidebottom, Shahzad, and Bresnan (England duties permitting)....This also seems like a cynical move from Gilly to get an aussie fast bowler ready for the Ashes next year, Id rather Yorkshire stay in the 2nd division than do that.

  • FredBoycott on April 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Whoah there Yorkshire, what are you trying to do ?

    You are buying things you don't need with money you haven't got.

    Bringing in a second rate Aussie bowler will not get you out of division two. The hard work of your current players will.

    Trying to buy success is not the answer, as football team not far from you will testify. Scour your leagues if you want to find a good fast bowler, there are plenty out there. And they would play for nowt'.

    Better a willing volunteer than a paid for mercenary, I say.

    This Starc fella' is not mates wi' Gillespie by any chance?

    Not needed. Dig In for victory.

  • D-Ascendant on April 18, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Starc choice? Double groan with a groaning cherry on top!

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  • D-Ascendant on April 18, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Starc choice? Double groan with a groaning cherry on top!

  • FredBoycott on April 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Whoah there Yorkshire, what are you trying to do ?

    You are buying things you don't need with money you haven't got.

    Bringing in a second rate Aussie bowler will not get you out of division two. The hard work of your current players will.

    Trying to buy success is not the answer, as football team not far from you will testify. Scour your leagues if you want to find a good fast bowler, there are plenty out there. And they would play for nowt'.

    Better a willing volunteer than a paid for mercenary, I say.

    This Starc fella' is not mates wi' Gillespie by any chance?

    Not needed. Dig In for victory.

  • YorkshirePudding on April 18, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    What about some homegrown talent like giving Ashraf a run in the first XI, theres also Sidebottom, Shahzad, and Bresnan (England duties permitting)....This also seems like a cynical move from Gilly to get an aussie fast bowler ready for the Ashes next year, Id rather Yorkshire stay in the 2nd division than do that.

  • Dashgar on April 18, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I'd prefer to see him in Div 1 but any first class cricket will help Starc to develop. Hope he gets to go and play plenty of games.

  • on April 18, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    Part of me feels Starc is a bigger fish at the moment than Yorkshire, he's easy good enough for any Div 1 side. Yorkshire also don't "need" him as such, they have some strong homegrown talent the English cricket team would appreciate them developing. He'd be a fantastic asset, and as an Australian I'd love to see him develop, any opportunity to play cricket would be a great one for Starc but I question the wisdom behind this decision.

  • StoneRose on April 18, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    Agree with FredBoycott, Starc is an average bowler with radar problems and no better than more experienced current Yorkshire prospects. Nevermind that they can't afford him anyway. Also, Dashgar and Sam Morris seem to think that Div 2 is substandard, when it is not: Yorkshire would be a challenge for Starc - too much I feel - and his signing is not right for Yorkshire anyway.

  • Mervo on April 18, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Starc is the goods. Pace, bounce and lots of in-swing. Has to be better than any available bowlers there in Division 2.

  • on April 18, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    whats happened to the standard of league cricket in Yorkshire? Yorkshire should revert back to only signing players born in the county or is club cricket so bad they need to spend money they dont have on an average Australian? im sure there are a 100 fast bowlers in league cricket who'd play for free and give a 100 times as much effort as Starc would.

  • on April 18, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Pommy fans are pretty arrogant for a country that's lost 4 of their last 5 tests.

  • Mitcher on April 18, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Judging from the comments, it seems the English are against the idea of importing all their talent. When the change of policy?