Mitchell Aaron Starc (born 30 January 1990), is an Australian cricketer who currently plays first-class cricket for the New South Wales Blues. He is a left-arm fast bowler and is also a handy lower order left-handed batsman. He was a prominent member of the victorious Australian squad that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup and would be declared Man of the Tournament as a result of his consistent performances.

Starc then became the fastest bowler to take (over) 100 ODI wickets on August 21, 2016 against Sri Lanka, doing so in 52 innings and breaking Saqlain Mushtaq's 19-year-old record, of taking 100 wickets in 53 innings.

Domestic career

He is also a former junior cricketer for the Berala Sports Cricket Club in Sydney, Australia, who attended Homebush Boys High School also representing the school's 1st grade cricket team. He was known to wicketkeeper and bowl in the same innings during his time with the club. Mitchell Starc was also a representative cricketer of the Northern District Cricket Association (NDCA).

Starc debuted for his home state New South Wales in 2009, at the age of 19. His performances for Western Suburbs and the state 2nd XI earned him the elevation and he replaced the suspended Aaron Bird for the final match of the season. Starc, gained a spot at the Centre of Excellence in the off-season in 2009. In eight Sheffield Shield games in the 2009-10 season he captured 21 wickets, including a best of 5 for 74 against Queensland, and also chipped in with a half-century.

In 2015, Starc maintained his dominance at the international level by breaking records in the Australian domestic one-day tournament, which came about due to postponement of Australia's tour of Bangladesh. The pure numbers from Starc's tournament underline his dominance: 26 wickets from six matches at an average of 8.12 and a strike rate of 12.3. Starc was named as Player of the Tournament in the tournament in which New South Wales won.

International career

After a series of injuries to several senior Australian fast bowlers, Starc was a late replacement in the team to tour India in late-2010, replacing Josh Hazlewood. Later Doug Bollinger was injured after the First Test, and that left Starc and fellow uncapped young pacemen Peter George and James Pattinson competing for a place. George was selected, and after Pattinson was injured, Starc made his ODI debut against India in Visakhapatnam in October 2010. He did not bat and was wicketless.

Starc made his Test debut for Australia on 1 December 2011 in the first Test of the two-Test series against New Zealand in Brisbane. He took two wickets in the match, and another two in the second Test in Hobart. He was left out of the squad named for the first Test of the subsequent series against India, but was recalled for the third Test on the pace-friendly WACA Ground in place of spinner Nathan Lyon, taking four wickets. Starc earned his first international call-up for Australia's 2010 tour to India, debuting in an ODI. In the Test series in India in 2013, he fell just one run short of a maiden Test ton.

Starc was selected to play for the third test of South Africa's tour of Australia in 2012. Whilst Australia lost the match, Starc took 6/154 and achieved the second fastest test fifty (32 balls) by an Australian in Australia's second innings on 4 December. Despite his recent form, he was rested in favour of Jackson Bird to make his debut for the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka. They would both be selected for the Sydney Test a week later.

Starc received the Man of the Tournament award in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, which Australia won, defeating New Zealand in the final. He also became Australia's leading wicket taker across all forms of first-class and international cricket for the 2014–15 season with 60 wickets, including the leading wicket taker for 2015 Cricket World Cup (22 at an economy rate of 3.58), having played one fewer game than New Zealander Trent Boult. Starc was adjudged Man of the Tournament in the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He also is the leading wicket taker in the world in all forms of international cricket for the 2015 calendar year with 87 after his ankle injury in the inaugural day-night test at Adelaide Oval.

  • In 2015, on day three of the Second Test between Australia and New Zealand, Starc delivered his fastest ball at a rapid thunderbolt of 160.4 km/h. This happened in the 89th over. This also made another record of the fastest Yorker ever bowled by any bowler, and the fastest ball ever bowled in a Test. Within this spell he was consistently bowling well over 150 km/h. One of which, at 154.8 km/h, smashed the corner of Brendon McCullum's bat. However, the accuracy of these readings has been criticized by fans and experts who indicate that the speed gun may have been malfunctioning. Evidence of this can be seen during a Tim Southee over in the same match where deliveries were recorded as 150 km/h and over, a speed he has never been close to achieving in his career.
  • Starc is the first bowler to ever bowl in a day-night Test match, in addition to also being the first bowler to use the pink ball in a Test match.

In the 2nd Test match of Australia's 2016 Sri Lankan away tour, he took his 100th Test wicket.

BBL and IPL career

In 2012, Starc was signed by the Sydney Sixers for the inaugural Big Bash League, followed by the Champions League T20. In the 2014 Indian Premier League, he was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and quickly became their key bowler in the IPL 2015 edition. After missing the beginning of the tournament with injury, he came back and continued on with his good form from the World Cup. During the 2011–12 Australian summer, Starc also played for the Sydney Sixers in the inaugural Big Bash League. The Sixers won the tournament and Starc finished as its equal third-highest wicket-taker with 13 in six matches.

He was later selected by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2014 auction. During the Third Test match of 2013 Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India, Starc became the first recorded instance of a No. 9, 10 or 11 batsman to survive 100 balls in both innings.

Personal life

Starc is of Slovene descent. He is the older brother of Australian Olympic high jumper Brandon Starc.

In 2015 Starc became engaged to fellow Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy and they married on 15 April 2016. The Starcs are only the third married couple to play Test cricket after the English Prideauxs couple (Roger and Ruth) in the 1950s/60's, and the Sri Lankan de Alwis couple (Guy and Rasanjali) in the 1980s/90's.

Starc supports the Greater Western Sydney Giants in the Australian Football League.

Career best performances

*as of November 28, 2015

Tests99Australia v IndiaMohali20136–111Australia v EnglandNottingham2015
ODI52*Australia v Sri LankaSydney20136–28Australia v New ZealandAuckland2015
T20I4Australia v West IndiesDhaka20143–11Australia v PakistanDubai2012
FC99Australia v IndiaMohali20136–51Australia v EssexChelmsford2015
LA52*Australia v Sri LankaSydney20136–25NSW v CAXISydney2015
T2029RCB v KXIPBangalore20144–15RCB v KXIPBangalore2015

International Record

Test 5 wicket hauls

16/1545 South AfricaWACAPerthAustralia2012Lost
25/636 Sri LankaBellerive OvalHobartAustralia2012Won
35/11417 EnglandSWALEC StadiumCardiffEngland2015Lost
46/11120 EnglandTrent BridgeNottinghamEngland2015Lost
55/4427 Sri LankaGalle International StadiumGalleSri Lanka2016Lost
75/6328 Sri LankaSinhalese Sports Club GroundColomboSri Lanka2016Lost

Test 10 Wicket hauls

111/9427 Sri LankaGalle International StadiumGalleSri Lanka2016

ODI 5 wicket hauls

15/4209 PakistanSharjah Cricket StadiumSharjahU.A.E2012Won
25/2016 West IndiesWACAPerthAustralia2013Won
35/3217 West IndiesWACAPerthAustralia2013Won
46/4330 IndiaMCGMelbourneAustralia2015Won
56/2834 New ZealandEden ParkAucklandNew Zealand2015Lost

International Awards

One-Day International Cricket

Player of the series awards

#SeriesSeasonMatch PerformanceResult
1Australia vs Pakistan in UAE2012Runs: 11 (4 balls: 2×4), Ave – N/A, SR – 275.00
Field: 27.5–2–136–9, Ave – 15.11, Econ – 4.89, 1 catch
 Australia Won the series 2–1.
2West Indies in Australia2012/13Runs: DNB
Field: 21.5–3–102–11, Ave – 9.27, Econ – 4.67
 Australia Won the series 5–0.
3Carlton Mid Triangular Series2014/15Runs: 1 (1 ball)
Field: 39.5–2–196–12, Ave – 16.33, Econ – 4.92, 1 catch
 Australia Won the series 4–0.
42015 ICC Cricket World Cup2015Runs: 0 (3 balls)
Field: 63.5–3–224–22, Ave – 10.18, Econ – 3.51, 5 catches
 Australia Won the World Cup.

Man of the Match awards

S NoOpponentVenueDateMatch PerformanceResult
1AfghanistanSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah25 August 20121* (1 ball); 9–1–47–4 Australia won by 66 runs.
2PakistanSharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah28 August 201210–2–42–5; DNB Australia won by 4 wickets.
3West IndiesWACA, Perth1 February 20136.5–2–20–5; DNB Australia won by 9 wickets.
4EnglandSCG, Sydney16 January 20158.5–0–42–4; 0* (0 balls) Australia won by 3 wickets.
5IndiaMCG, Melbourne18 January 201510–2–43–6; DNB Australia won by 4 wickets.
6ScotlandBellerive Oval, Hobart14 March 20154.4–1–14–4: DNB Australia won by 7 wickets.

Twenty20 International Cricket

Man of the match awards

#SeriesDateMatch PerformanceResult
1Australia vs South Africa in South Africa14 March 20144–1–16–2; DNB Australia won by 6 wickets.