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Show some respect, Mitchell Starc

David Lord Columnist

By David Lord, David Lord is a Roar Expert

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    It would be fair to say everyone has said something over the years they have regretted later. Mitchell Starc had his yesterday.

    When asked about Shane Warne’s possible return to Test cricket at 43, Starc said – “He’s done his time. He’s obviously done a lot of great things for Australian cricket, but he’s done and dusted now.”

    Done and dusted?

    A little respect goes a long way. That comment shows none.

    Don’t tell me Starc is part of the new breed that lives in the moment and takes little notice of what the game is all about, it’s traditions, and it’s heroes.

    Shane Warne is an undisputed hero, it would be stretching a long bow to even contemplate Starc would be anywhere near on the same planet compared to Warne, the greatest leggie to ever turn his wrist over, capturing 708 Tests wickets, second only to great rival Murali with 800, at 22.72.

    Starc has just finished his first Test against South Africa with a career-best 6-154 in the second dig, and 8-209 for the match, averaging 26.12.

    The six for was flattering, a tardy mixture of 65% rubbish, 30% a possible dot ball, and 5% a potential wicket-taker.

    Starc’s economy rate for the Test was 4.66. Warne’s economy rate over 145 Tests is 2.65.

    Starc will never draw big crowds to any game on his own, Warne fills stands and would do so again if there is a way for him to play in back to back Ashes series next year with 10 Tests.

    As Murali said yesterday – “If he wished would walk into the (Test) side”.

    And he would, except for the attitude of first of all Victoria demanding he play club cricket and earn his spot for the state, and Cricket Australia demanding he plays Sheffield Shield for the same reason.

    It’s a replay of last night’s “Howzat”, the documentary of how Kerry Packer waged his war against the establishment to start World Series Cricket in 1977 that saved the grand old game from going down the toilet.

    The current administrators haven’t learned anything from that war.

    There’s still no vision, nor lateral thinking. Just stick to the ground rules come what may.

    With the exception of accumulating vast hordes of money, flogging the players physically and mentally in three formats in a 12 months of the year grab.

    That being the case, you would think the establishment would leap at the chance to have Shane Warne, a built-in commercial cash flow, on duty whenever they can.

    And don’t think for one minute Warne wouldn’t be competitive at Test level, or wouldn’t be able to hold his place.

    He would romp it in.

    This major talking point isn’t finished yet. It has more legs that appears on the surface.

    No Mitchell Starc, Shane Warne’s international career isn’t done and dusted.

    David Lord
    David Lord

    David Lord was deeply involved in two of the biggest sporting stories - World Series Cricket in 1977 and professional rugby in 1983. After managing Jeff Thomson and Viv Richards during WSC, in 1983 David signed 208 of the best rugby players from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and France to play an international pro circuit. The concept didn’t get off the ground, but it did force the IRB to get cracking and bring in the World Rugby Cup, now one of the world’s great sporting spectacles

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    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:22am
      josh said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:22am | ! Report

      I think you’ll find it is.

      • December 7th 2012 @ 7:57am
        Bretto said | December 7th 2012 @ 7:57am | ! Report

        Expert? What exactly is David Lord an expert in, except for writing complete rubbish? I can only explain reading his articles for the “car crash” factor, you know it’s going to be horrible, but just can’t resist taking a look.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:34am
      Whiteline said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      yep

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:39am
      jameswm said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      Starc’s right.

      Warnie shouldn’t be near the test team until he proves himself in Shield cricket – and I don’t see that happening in a hurry.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:48am
      Australian Rules said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:48am | ! Report

      Perhaps Starc wasn’t as media-polished as others quite yet – but essentially he’s right.

      Warnie (the legend that he is) sought to stroke his own ego by saying he could waltz back into the Test team and perform better than anyone. True as that might be, it doesn’t help Clarke or the yougner guys to have that buzzing around in the media.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:56am
      DingoBob said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:56am | ! Report

      C’mon bring back Warnie, Australian Cricket hasn’t had a real off field controversy to deal with for ages.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 9:59am
      Sailosi said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      Shane Warne would not romp it in. He always spoke about the stresses that leg spin bowling places on your body. I highly doubt that Shane would be able to bowl 35 overs in an innings and maybe 60-70 in a test match and then back up 6 days later. Warne was a champion but to suggest he would still have a similar impact is ridiculous.

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