Mitchell Aaron Starc
January 30, 1990, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales
Left hand Bat
Left arm Fast
First there was Johnson, then there was Starc. A left-armer called Mitchell has been a staple of Australia's attack for more than a decade and seems set to remain so for the foreseeable future. While Johnson was more express, Starc is still quick enough to make life uncomfortable for opposition batsmen, especially with the bounce gained from his 1.96m height - and boasts greater control of swing than his former colleague. Never was that shown to greater effect than during the 2015 World Cup, when Starc was at times unplayable, his inswingers rattling stumps and trapping batsmen in front throughout the competition. Not surprisingly he was named Player of the Tournament for his 22 victims at 10.18, and four years later he would claim 27 wickets at the World Cup in England when Australia's defence ended in the semi-finals.
His challenge has been to take that white-ball form and perform just as consistently with the red ball, although overall his Test career numbers are also outstanding. He struggled to gain the consistent backing of the selectors early in his Test career and was often in one Test and out the next, but in 2015 he finally enjoyed a solid run of Test cricket until an ankle injury stopped him during the home summer. His career-best match haul of 11 for 94 came in the notable surroundings of Galle - albeit in an Australia defeat - and he claimed 22 wickets in four Tests during the 2017-18 Ashes. He took his 200th Test wicket in his 50th Test in February of 2019 joining an elite group of Australian bowlers although play only one of the five Ashes Tests in the 2019 series. When England toured down under in 2021-22, Starc produced some of his best form in the three matches where the series was decided and went on to claim the Allan Border Medal as Australia's male player of the year.
Also a powerful lower-order batter, Starc fell one short of a Test century in Mohali in 2013. He is married to Australia wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy.
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|Australia vs South Africa||10*||2/39 & 1/62||26-Dec-2022||Melbourne||Test # 2485|
|Australia vs South Africa||14||3/41 & 2/26||17-Dec-2022||Brisbane||Test # 2482|
|Australia vs West Indies||5*||2/48 & 3/29||08-Dec-2022||Adelaide||Test # 2479|
|Australia vs West Indies||--||3/51 & 1/65||30-Nov-2022||Perth||Test # 2477|
|Australia vs England||0||4/47||19-Nov-2022||Sydney||ODI # 4477|