Mitchell Starc admits to having phase where he did not want to play any cricket;
Mitchell Starc, Australia’s Allan Border medalist, said on Saturday that there have been phase in the last couple of years when he wished he could retire from cricket.
Allrounder Ashleigh Gardner and prodigious fast bowler Mitchell Starc won the Belinda Clark and Allan Border medals for the first time, respectively, in Australian cricket. Starc was a key component of Australia’s 4-0 Ashes success, and he was also a member of the T20 World Cup-winning squad.
“The last two years, as life is at the moment, there’s a lot of ups and downs. You find ways to adapt and what not, but it’s a reflection of the support base I have had throughout those two years as well. There have certainly been times when I haven’t played my best cricket or certainly times over those two years where I didn’t want to play any cricket. I’m very thankful for my support networks and in particular Alyssa, to play cricket at the highest level [and] be there to support me as well, I can’t thank her enough for that,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Starc as saying.
“It goes back to the work you do behind the scenes and the work you put in with strength and conditioning and time spent with physios and what not. A huge thanks to the support staff, particularly [Australian Men’s] physio David Beakley to keep me on the park for five Test matches and keep me on the park for five and let me play five,” he added.
Starc has had a fantastic year in international cricket, capturing a total of 43 wickets at an average of 24.4 across all formats, 12 more than the next best bowler in the country. After dominating efforts in the three-match series against the West Indies, including a 5-48 haul in the first game, the left-arm fast was named Male ODI Player of the Year.
Starc, one of the top pink-ball bowlers in the game, dominated the Ashes series. After taking 19 wickets at a strike rate of 25.36. With a best of 4-37 in the first innings of the Day-Night Test in Adelaide. Starc also scored 241 runs in all formats at an average of 26.8 over the past 12 months. After placing him among Australia’s top 10 run scorers.