date of birth
Jan 30, 1990 (30 years)
Mitchell Starc – a name that strikes fear into the hearts of contemporary batsmen. It is hard to fathom that the tall, skinny lad from Sydney, who was once an aspiring wicketkeeper in junior cricket, would one day become the most menacing sight for the world's best batsmen.
- Starc is of Slovenian descent.
- Mitchell's younger brother, Brandon, is an Olympic high-jumper, having represented Australia in the Rio games in 2016 (Game of Thrones reference, anyone?).
- When Starc toured India in 2013, he was dismissed for a heart-breaking 99 in the Mohali Test. In the same Test, he also became the first batsman lower-order batsman (positions 9-11) to have survived over 100 balls in each innings.
- Starc got married to Alyssa Healy (a wicketkeeper for the Australian womens' team and niece of former Australia glovesman, Ian Healy) on the 15th of April 2015, 17 days after lifting the World Cup trophy at the MCG.
World Cup through the years
Leading wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup, Starc’s form was one of major reasons for Australia’s title triumph in that edition. He swung the new ball prodigiously and was also lethal in the death overs with his yorkers. Injuries may have ripped him in recent years but the left-arm pacer continues to be a big threat in the shorter formats. Although England pitches aren’t as favorable to swing bowling in white- ball cricket, Starc’s ability to take the surface out of the equation means that he will be a potent force in Australia’s bowling unit. The only concern is the rustiness that’s bound to be there, considering that he has had a long lay off with injuries. But, it’s happened before too and trust Starc to bring his A-game on the grandest stage of ODI cricket.