Show some respect, Mitchell Starc

David Lord Columnist

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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 @ 10:08am
      Kev said | December 6th 2012 @ 10:08am | ! Report

      Starc was being realistic, not disrespectful and learning the difference between the two is something you ought to do before firing off another “I hate the young generations of today” type of article. Warne’s achievements in the game go without saying and to claim that not mentioning them or brushing over them is disrespectful is ludicrous. Comparing the statistical achievements of a kid who has played a handful of tests to someone who is in the top 5 greatest players of all time is like comparing apples with oranges proves nothing and is no more useful than finding a player who has exceptional bowling statistics after 5 tests and claiming that they are on par with an equivalent player from yesteryear. Warne’s test career ended when he retired 6 years ago and to entertain a possibility of a comeback is disrespectful to those who are trying to make cement their place in the side right now.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 10:24am
      Matt F said | December 6th 2012 @ 10:24am | ! Report

      God forbid Starc sticks up for his team-mate. When was the last time Warne played a first class match? It’s one thing to bowl 4 overs at batsman trying to slog you but it’s another thing to bowl 40 overs to a batsman trying to block you out. If Warne was serious (and his comments yesterday would indicate that he never was) then he would make himself available for St Kilda, and Victoria when the Shield restarts, and prove that he actually can still do well in first class cricket. If he is good enough then he’ll have no trouble doing this and will make the test squad on merit.

      You’re ranting about Starc’s apparent lack of respect is quite frankly embarrassing. Starc should shut up because his test economy rate isn’t as good as Warne’s? Laughable argument. In fact, if your going to be at all consistent with your own logic then why are you saying anything about Starc? What was your test match economy rate? How many people would pay to watch you play cricket?

    • December 6th 2012 @ 10:31am
      Disco said | December 6th 2012 @ 10:31am | ! Report

      So is Starc your new whipping boy after Wade batted better in Perth than Haddin has for a few years?

    • December 6th 2012 @ 10:34am
      Cameron said | December 6th 2012 @ 10:34am | ! Report

      David “Expert” Lord,

      Warne’s so called desire to play test cricket was simply a publicity stunt to garner interest in this weekend’s Big Bash.

      How about he show respect to the current test squad by not making outlandish statements such as this just to get himself and his 20/20 team in the lime light. This subject would be much more worthy of writing an article about.

      Starc was 100% correct and accurate to say Warne’s test career is done and dusted.

      • Roar Guru

        December 6th 2012 @ 11:02am
        Andy_Roo said | December 6th 2012 @ 11:02am | ! Report

        Agree with Cameron 100%

    • Columnist

      December 6th 2012 @ 11:07am
      Brett McKay said | December 6th 2012 @ 11:07am | ! Report

      It’s worth clarifying that Warne was just answering the question ‘do you think you could still bowl at Test level?’, to he replied that he thought he coud run in an bowl at that level, yes. And he’s probably right.

      The issue I have in all this is that Warne tries to back away from these mini-teacup storms his answers create ever 12 or 18 months, is that he starts off his explanation, “I’m very happily retired, BUT…” Even this time around, Warnie tweeted that he just said that he ‘could’, not that he ‘would’.

      And that’s all fine and good, Warnie, but you’re not saying you WOULDN’T either, and that’s why this keeps coming up.

      So the respct thing goes both ways, in my humble opinion. I saw Mitchell Starc response, and there was certainly no disrespect in the way he spoke. In terms of Test cricket, Warne IS “done and dusted.” But Warne could also show the incumbant Australian players – and every aspiring spinner at Shield level – the same respect by ending these ridiculous ‘If Michael Clarke rang me and asked, I’d defnitely consider it’ comments.

      It’s just as disrecpectful, not just on say, Nathan Lyon, but on Clarke too. And it places undue pressure and questioning on Clarke, too, because sure as day become night, Clarke will be asked in the next few days, “will you be calling Warnie about a comebck?”

      • Columnist

        December 6th 2012 @ 11:38am
        Ryan O'Connell said | December 6th 2012 @ 11:38am | ! Report

        Totally agree, Brett. Especially on the point about putting unnecessary pressure on Clarke.

        Shane Warne has a pathological need to be wanted, to be loved, to be respected. I have no doubt that if Warney wanted to play Test cricket, he still could at a high level. But that’s no what this is about. If Warney wanted to play Test cricket, he would be. What he really wants here is to still be revered and worshipped.

        And it was completely disrespectful what Warne did to Clarke. It’s a terrible position to put his ‘mate’ in.

        In all honesty, this is all a storm in a teacup – both Warne’s comments, which are slightly out of context and worded in a strange way, and Starc’s response, which wasn’t disrespectful, it was simply what 99% of Australian’s were thinking.

        Warne, it’s simple, if you want to play Test cricket, then un-retire. But stop putting the pressure back on everyone else to send an SOS for you, by saying things like “If the phone rings. . “.

        • December 6th 2012 @ 12:11pm
          Allanthus said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:11pm | ! Report

          I get a bit nervous when i see “Warne” and “phone” in the same sentence….

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            December 6th 2012 @ 12:43pm
            Ryan O'Connell said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:43pm | ! Report


            • December 7th 2012 @ 2:17pm
              Nick Inatey said | December 7th 2012 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

              I think the forgotten man in all of this is Nathan Lyon. What do these puzzling statements like these do his confidence? First Warne implores the selectors to stick with Lyon, now he says this rubbish about hinting at Clarke to send his best mate an SOS-SMS? Warne is effectively hinting that he would be a better option than Lyon.

              Nathan Lyon has become a really reliable spin option who has been working his backside off for 18 months to become Australia’s next long term spin option and his confidence doesn’t need to be reduced by a man trying to undermine him and fuel his pathetic ego. Not to mention the fact that Lyon, while not a team-killer, is good for 2-3 wickets an innings, and bowls economically.

              He doesn’t need, nor deserve these statements by Warne.

        • December 6th 2012 @ 12:46pm
          Disco said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:46pm | ! Report

          Yep, attention-seeking as always.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 12:12pm
      Osmond said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

      I agree about Warne’s need to be wanted, loved and respected. Reminds me of Australia’s tour to the West Indies in 1999, when he was dropped from the test team due to poor form. His response was to throw a hissy fit and threaten to quit cricket!

      • December 6th 2012 @ 12:47pm
        Disco said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:47pm | ! Report


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