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Mitchell Starc

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Left-arm fast
Played for:
Australia, Australia A, Yorkshire, Bangalore, New South Wales, Australia Under-19, Australian XI, Sydney Sixers
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
January 30, 1990, Baulkham Hills, Sydney, New South Wales


Fast and furious, that’s the best way to describe one of the fearsome pace bowlers of the 21st century - Mitchell Aaron Starc. He burst onto the scene in the early 2009/10 season, representing New South Wales and was soon compared with Mitchell Johnson. The only similarity though was that they both were left-arm quick bowlers. Other than that they had their different style. Johnson with his slinging action relied more on pace and bounce whereas Starc with his upright action depended more on swing and deadly yorkers.

In his early days, Starc had to struggle to make to the national team as there was an army of pace bowlers waiting in the wings. The lanky left-armer often found himself in and out of the team. However, a stint with the English county side Yorkshire in 2012 did him a world of good. Post 2013, Starc’s career started to blossom and soon he became a vital part of Australia’s limited overs setup.

A couple of fifers in back-to-back ODIs against West Indies in 2013 further sealed the deal for Mitchell Starc but his Test career still was blowing hot and cold. It was in the year 2014 when a remark made by Shane Warne in the commentary box turned things upside down. The legendary leg spinner labelled Starc’s body language ‘soft’ after his dismal performance against India in the Gabba Test in mid-December. Subsequently, Mitchell was dropped for the Boxing Day Test.

Starc, however, didn’t lose hope. He took the criticism in his stride and to his fortune there was a Big Bash League going on at that time. He got an opportunity to prove his mettle and grabbed it with both hands. The pacer unleashed his aggressive side in a few T20 games he played for Sydney Sixers and owing to that success, the selectors reinstated him for the fourth Test against India. Mitchell Starc has not looked back since.

Following years were fruitful for Mitchell Starc, who discovered a new aggressive side to his bowling. He was among the top bowlers in 2015 and finished 2016 as the most successful pace bowler in Tests after claiming 50 wickets. Not to forget his deadly bowling in the 2015 World Cup which earned him the Player of the Tournament tag and also made him the number one bowler in the ICC ODI rankings.

But everything comes with a price. His eagerness to bowl the extra mile put his body through a lot of strain and as a result he suffered an ankle injury and a stress fracture. The Australian team management though have managed their premium fast bowler quite well by giving him ample time to rest and recover. The quality and ability that Starc possesses, he still has not done full justice to his Test career and the Kangaroos would be hoping a lot from him in the near future.

Fast Facts

  • Began his cricket career as a wicketkeeper
  • First bowler to bowl with a pink ball in Test cricket
  • Holds the record for the third fastest Test fifty for Australia
  • First tailender (No. 9-11) to play at least 100 balls in both innings of a Test
  • Player of the Tournament in the 2015 World Cup
  • First bowler to claim two hat-tricks in a single FC match in Australia


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 38 58 1099 12 23.89 68.64 0 9 99
ODI 68 32 259 15 15.23 90.55 0 1 52*
T20 22 6 12 2 3.00 66.66 0 0 4
IPL 27 12 96 5 13.71 97.95 0 0 29
CLT20 11 2 1 1 1.00 33.33 0 0 1
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 38 72 7855 4462 162 6/50 / 27.54 3.40 8 8 1 64
ODI 68 68 3359 2698 134 6/28 / 20.13 4.81 8 5 0 162
T20 22 22 501 566 30 3/11 / 18.86 6.77 0 0 0 30
IPL 27 26 580 693 34 4/15 / 20.38 7.16 1 0 0 32
CLT20 11 11 245 315 18 3/19 / 17.50 7.71 0 0 0 9
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 19 0 2
ODI 18 0 1
T20 6 0 0
IPL 16 0 0
CLT20 3 0 0


Australia Vs New Zealand at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Dec 01, 2011
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide - Dec 02, 2017
Australia Vs India at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam - Oct 20, 2010
Last played:
Australia Vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Jun 10, 2017
Australia Vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai - Sep 07, 2012
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Sep 09, 2016
Bangalore Vs Delhi at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Apr 17, 2014
Last played:
Bangalore Vs Chennai at JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi - May 22, 2015
New South Wales Vs Cape Cobras at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai - Sep 24, 2011
Last played:
Sydney Sixers Vs Highveld Lions at The Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Oct 28, 2012