ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Mitchell Starc Doesn’t Want To Take Rest In The Ongoing CWC
Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has wished to play all the matches in the ongoing Cricket World Cup.
Mitchell Starc’s fitness is a concern for the Australian national cricket team. In the last few years, he missed many crucial international cricket assignments due to the major fitness issues. While the Australian team is currently in a good position in the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the team management may think to give him rest in their next game against Bangladesh that will be played on 20th June at Nottingham.
However, Australia’s leading wicket-taker in this tournament, Mitchell Starc doesn’t want to take any rest at this moment.
Starc recently said according to the ICC website, “If I’m fit I’d like to play all the games. It’s not up to me but it’s the World Cup. I definitely won’t be putting my hand up to rest.”
After playing five matches in the ongoing CWC, Starc has taken 13 wickets with an average of 19.15. As an Australian bowler, Starc is now the joint second most wicket-taker in Cricket World Cup history. The former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee and Starc both have picked up 35 CWC wickets, while the leader Glenn McGrath took 71 CWC wickets.
Mitchell Starc is happy for their victory against Sri Lanka
On Saturday (15th June), during their match against Sri Lanka at The Oval, while Australia won by 87 runs, Starc was the best bowler of that match with the bowling figures of 10-0-55-4.
Talking about that match, Starc said, “I’m just glad we won.”
After playing five matches in this tournament, Australia has suffered only one defeat against the strong Indian side and won four matches.
The left-arm pacer is happy for his wicket-taking skills
During Australia vs India match in this CWC, where Australia lost by 36 runs, Starc delivered Australia’s most expensive bowling figures in CWC history which were 10-0-74-1. His economy rate in the ongoing CWC is 5.41, but Starc is happy for his consistent wicket-taking abilities.
He said, “It’s the challenge at the death, that challenge of trying to win a game for your team or trying to defend a title, I really enjoy that. It’s something I work really hard at and it’s been a role I’ve done for a long time. My economy rate might be higher than others, but I’m there to make breakthroughs for the team.”
Starc has admitted that his favourite format is Test cricket. However, he also enjoys delivering the white balls in the World Cups.
He added, “Test cricket is still the pinnacle for me but the fact I’ve kept it pretty simple in terms of my gameplay for white ball cricket has held me in good stead through World Cups.”
Mitchell Starc played an essential role for Australia in the previous World Cup (2015). While Australia won that tournament, Mitchell Starc won the Player of the Tournament award. The left-arm pacer was the joint leading wicket-taker in that tournament along with Trent Boult, as both took 22 wickets in that tournament.
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