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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    • Roar Guru

      December 6th 2012 @ 12:19pm
      DingoGray said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

      I’m sick and tired of this continually coming up just before an Ashes series.

      Warnie is done & dusted! Can’t see any issue with Starc telling it as it is!

      Australia as whole (Media, fans & Warnie) need to move! The Australian Team ARE!

      • Columnist

        December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm
        Dane Eldridge said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

        I’ll begin to move as soon as Warney’s face does. That thing is spak-filled, trowelled and set tighter than a plastered wall.

        So unless his cosmetic work is reversible, for me it’s SK FOREVER!

    • December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm
      Lancey5times said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      If Warne keeps coming out with rubbish like this he’ll tarnish his legacy as much as he’s tarnished his face. Unless this isn’t Warnie and we are actually seeing his Madame Tussaud’s wax model being interviewed?

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    • Roar Rookie

      December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm
      Neuen said | December 6th 2012 @ 12:56pm | ! Report

      What is next. Sri Lanka calling up Murali and Australia calling Hair up?

    • Roar Guru

      December 6th 2012 @ 1:11pm
      The Barry said | December 6th 2012 @ 1:11pm | ! Report

      So Starc should respect the traditions of the game but cricket administrators should just pick whatever big name puts his hand up ?

      Australian selectors asking Warne to play for Victoria and Vic selectors asking him to play club cricket aren’t blindly following tradition, they’re inviting Warne to PROVE that he’s capable of resuming at those levels rather than just picking him because he said so.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 5:05pm
      John Berry Hobbs said | December 6th 2012 @ 5:05pm | ! Report

      Didn’t Kerry Packer start WSC with the express intention of commercialising cricket? Cricket is certainly a commercial beast now. I think the current administrators learned everything from that “war”!

      Speaking of commercial beasts, when do the Stars play?!

    • December 6th 2012 @ 6:02pm
      Carnivean said | December 6th 2012 @ 6:02pm | ! Report

      David, you really need to start having a nice cup of tea and a sit-down before writing this kind of article.

      I look forward to your next column about those darn kids not staying off your lawn.

      • December 7th 2012 @ 9:03am
        Jamie said | December 7th 2012 @ 9:03am | ! Report

        Is David working the Andrew Bolt angle for the Roar..

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