Starc: 'I'll drop off white-ball cricket before I let go of Test cricket'

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Starc: 'I'll drop off white-ball cricket before I let go of Test cricket'


Mitchell Starc does not regard the knockout stages of this World Cup as the swan song of his ODI career but has reiterated that it will be white-ball cricket that makes way first with a view to playing Tests for as long as possible.

Although Starc, who has 230 ODI wickets at 23.17, is certain that he will not be present in the next 50-over World Cup in 2027, when he will be 37, he will not abandon the format immediately. Australia’s next ODIs are against the West Indies in February, but they are no longer scheduled until a tour of England next September. There is a Champions Trophy to be played in Pakistan in 2025.

“I will try to continue playing after this, but I don’t doubt that I won’t be in the next World Cup. I don’t have any vision for that. Four years is a long time,” he told reporters in Calcutta. “I have always maintained that Test cricket is the top of the tree for me and I will leave the rest before I let Test cricket go. For me [the semi-final] “It’s just another one-day match for Australia, it’s still not the end of the road in one-day cricket for me.”

Starc hopes to help Australia overcome South Africa in Thursday’s semi-final to earn a place in another World Cup final on November 19 during a tournament that has been much tougher than its prolific performances in 2015 and 2019.

He took 10 wickets at 43.90 with an economy rate of 6.55 and admitted he had been below his best. But he revealed that he has had some problems since the Ashes without specifically saying whether they were related to the groin and shoulder problems he suffered in England, the first of which kept him out of South Africa in September. He also pointed out that he was not alone among fast bowlers who were having a tough World Cup.

“I certainly haven’t been at the level I would have liked… or at least not at the same level as the last two World Cups, but now I have the opportunity to make an impact again at the point end,” he said.

“Certainly, bowling first on particular wickets, I think the new ball with two fielders out has been almost the most difficult time to bowl. You understand the wicket a little bit as the game progresses… that’s not a Sad story, that’s the nature of one-day cricket.

“You’ve got two new balls on flat wickets, that’s the nature of the World Cup. If you look at runs scored, or certainly centuries scored, as opposed to five wickets taken, the proportions are very skewed. The players are just They have to find a way.”

Starc was rested for the final group match against Bangladesh and said the decision was largely out of his hands.

“The way we started meant we couldn’t rest anyone at the 0-2 start of the campaign. I had a chance to secure a place in the semi-finals the other night. Glenn [Maxwell] After his stroke and cramps he needed some rest and I didn’t have much say in my decision. “I took some things from the ashes and it was an opportunity before the semi-finals.”