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 @ 7:51pm
      Mango Jack said | December 6th 2012 @ 7:51pm | ! Report

      Warnie must have a new book or reality tv show launch soon? There has to be a reason for the gratuitous publicity seeking.

    • December 6th 2012 @ 8:35pm
      Christo the Daddyo said | December 6th 2012 @ 8:35pm | ! Report

      David’s just hit a new low with this article. If he wants to compare stats, how about he compare like with like – and how did a rather portly Shane go in HIS first Test? Rather less well than Mitchell Starc from memory…

      And to anyone thinking Warnie could play Test cricket now, you’re kidding yourself.

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      December 6th 2012 @ 9:08pm
      neily_b said | December 6th 2012 @ 9:08pm | ! Report

      While I agree legends and traditions need to be respected, it isn’t a reasonable argument for selection.
      If Warne can prove himself in an arena lower than an international test, such as the Sheffield Shield, then maybe he should be considered for selection. And I don’t agree with comparing the figures of a guy who’s played one test match in Australia to a guy who played more than 10 years. Not everyone can be expected to produce fantastic figures straight up against the number one test team in the world. I think Starc is part of the future of Australian cricket since he is one of the only guys in the side who is under 30!

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      December 7th 2012 @ 8:06am
      Corne Van Vuuren said | December 7th 2012 @ 8:06am | ! Report

      David, I think you are being a bit harsh in your judgement here.

      Stark is a young man who has spoken his mind, if you asked him if he respects Shane Warne , I bet you he would say yes, and he is most likely in awe of Warne’s achievements.

      Saying Warne’s done and dusted is perhaps not the most diplomatic manner in which to speak, but is he really that wrong.

      In all honesty I think it will be a big mistake for CA to bring Warne back into the fold, first of all, what does that solve?

      Warne may come back for one or two series and then he will be gone, so it will only be a temporary fix. Is Warne in the physical conditions to playfive days of gruelling test cricket and bowl 50 overs?

      I am not so sure.

    • Roar Guru

      December 7th 2012 @ 9:51am
      Atawhai Drive said | December 7th 2012 @ 9:51am | ! Report

      David, if I didn’t know better I would suspect your latest piece is nothing more than a cynical grab for “hits”, as cynical in its own way as Warney’s latest act of self- and BBL-publicity.

      Warney’s Test career is certainly done and dusted. Mitchell Starc (speaking for the whole team, I have no doubt) simply pointed out the obvious. Warney will never play Test cricket again. Fact.

      Warney is entitled to respect for his past actions. His present antics only serve to tarnish his legacy.

      I’m with Mitchell Starc on this one.

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      December 8th 2012 @ 12:33pm
      Vas Venkatramani said | December 8th 2012 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

      Mitchell Starc not respecting legends David? How about Warne respect the game, his best mate Clarke, and his first real successor Nathan Lyon? What Starc did was back Lyon up, and that’s what we need. In the end, Warne will be regarded as a has-been. We don’t need to look to our past in order to prosper in our future. Our answers to being number one lie with the likes of Starc and Lyon, not McGrath and Warne.

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