Australia left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc has said that he had a tough time on and off the field in 2021. Starc had a poor series with the ball in the home series against India earlier last year. The left-arm pacer had taken only 11 wickets in four Tests averaging 40.72. After a few months, he lost his father due to cancer.
In the T20 World Cup played in the United Arab Emirates and Oman, he picked nine wickets in seven games at an economy rate of 9.18 while averaging 27.55. In the final against New Zealand, he conceded 60 runs in his quota of four overs. However, his side went on to win the title for the first time.
Looking back at his performances and off-field issues, the 31-year-old has said that he had a tough year on and off the field. He has won the Allan Border Medal by beating Mitchell Marsh as the winners were decided on the voting process.
“Obviously last year was particularly tough on and off the field,” Starc was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au. “I probably didn’t play the cricket I wanted to and, at certain stages, I probably didn’t want to play cricket at all.”
Shane Warne is entitled to his opinion: Mitchell Starc
The New South Wales-born pacer has said that former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne is entitled to his opinion. During an interaction with FoxSports.com.au, he was asked about the comments made by Warne on the his bowling.
“What would you like me to speak to him (Warne) about? It doesn’t interest me at all. He’s (Warne) entitled to his opinion. I’m just going to go about my cricket the way I’d like to, and I’ve got my family support networks and I get to play cricket with some of my best mates, so I’m pretty comfortable with where I’m at,” said Starc.