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Mitchell starc – The young Dynamo

686   //    23 Nov 2012, 13:35 IST

Australia trusts a tall, lean character everytime he walks with the ball to the bowling mark. Mitchell Aaron Starc is a product of New south Wales Blues. Mitchell Starc was a talented kid in his school who could bowl, bat and keep wickets. He made his first class debut as bowler in early 2009 only to gain experience on “how to fight an injury” for a year. But the left armer returned back well to the domestic circuits and was always under the radar of selectors, He gained a spot in  the ‘center of excellence’ and picked up 21 wickets in the Sheffield Shield games causing problems for the batsmen with his pace and bounce. Mitchell represented Australia in the U19 team.

Mitchell Starc runs in to bowl, New South Wales v Victoria, Sheffield Shield, day three, Sydney, November 15, 2012

The early leaves were so green that it impressed the Australian selectors and he was called for national duty after Pattinson injured himself. His debut was not the way he would have expected- wicketless! He continued to shine at the Australian circuits and got his Baggy Green in December 2011. His short run in international cricket is impressive with 22 wickets (Ave : 20.95 Eco :5.09) in One day internationals and 10 wickets in his 4 test matches.

However, Starc has established himself as a prime T20 bowler with 31 wickets in 17 matches in the Australian T20s. In the CLT20 held a month ago, he was a table topper in wickets column and fastest balls bowled column. Currently, he is a member of the Australian squad facing the Proteas in home.

Handiness with the kookaburra bat down the order adds value.

The way he executes his skills, his fast inswinging yorkers and the 140kmph bouncers outside home and on the subcontinent wickets which are mostly discouraging fast bowlers will test the steel in him. All the best Mitchell, hope you join the Australian fast bowling legacy.

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