Mitchell Starc batting average, stats, analysis, batting Pat Cummins, Australian batting order, Jason Holder, Cameron Green
Perhaps the first bullet in the entire 2021/22 Ashes series was a sign of things to come for Mitchell Starc.
If there had ever been a delivery that summed up the cricket carnage that would ensue between Australia and England, then Starc’s missile to Rory Burns is it.
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Starc’s dominance over the Kookaburra has been well documented so far in this Ashes series and he is the only member of the Australian bowling cartel who has not missed a single game.
However, many eyes began to turn to what Starc achieved as he held up the willow tree in the fold.
He scored the seventh most points for the Australians in this series and edged out Ben Stokes, widely regarded as the gold standard of all-round players in recent years, in the ICC overall cricket test standings.
Not to mention that he has an average of 58.50 in the Ashes on 117 points scored.
So, that begs the question: can we classify Mitchell Starc as an all-rounder again?
Well if you ask Australian skipper Pat Cummins there is only one answer.
âOf course,â Cummins said.
âI think he’s averaged about 30 over the last two years with the bat.
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With impressive scores so far in the Ashes series, Starc has made a serious case for a higher place in the batting order ahead of his skipper.
This is a position that Cummins certainly agrees with.
âI was actually going to talk to him today (Tuesday) about it,â Cummins said.
âI was thinking about it yesterday. I think he’s averaging 50 points, he’s seventh in the race scorers list for this series, he’s been fantastic.
âOne game I’ll be at eight and the next game he’s eight, it always seems whoever beats nine scores short.
âWe’ll see, but definitely open to it, we’ll discuss it.
“He’s fantastic not only with the ball, he’s scored some really valuable points.”
The Australian search for a versatile star has eluded them since Freddy Flintoff showed exactly what Australians were lacking in the 2005 Ashes.
Flintoff averaged 40.2 with the bat and claimed 24 wickets of nine spells with the ball in one of the most dominant performances in a versatile series.
The Australians have certainly given plenty of chances to a multitude of players, with Shane Watson perhaps being the best of the rest since Flintoff’s masterclass.
Cameron Green is now considered the golden boy of Australian cricket, with the towering ace that kills opponents the red ball and is more than capable of putting up solid innings in the crease.
Green admittedly showed his batting potential against India last summer, but has flattered himself to cheat at times during this Ashes streak.
So far, this Ashes has just 57 runs across four tests at an average of 14.25, backed by 33 steps in Adelaide. His latest Sydney dismissal showed a player struggling for confidence and questioning his technique
It is important to note that Green is only 22 years old, but there is certainly a lot of hope that he will be the all-round Australian cricket that Australian cricket has been waiting for so patiently.
But what if the answer to Australia’s woes was right under our noses all the time in the form of Mitchell Starc?
Starc showed his first glimpse of all-round potential when he made his testing debut against New Zealand in 2011, scoring 32 unbeaten runs at number ten in the batting order.
It was a sign that things were happening as the 31-year-old continued to play a vital role in providing a catchy finish at the end of every Australian set.
Starc continued to strengthen, scoring a stunning 68 * against South Africa almost a year after making his test debut.
But it would be a 99 against India in Mohali who really proved his worth with the bat, posting the total of no. 9.
In the same test match against India, he hit 35 at no. 10 in the second round for the Australians.
In the span of a year and a half, Starc left undeniable proof that he could do a job with bat and ball.
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Fast forward to 2017, and it’s almost like Starc is the toy no one cares about anymore due to the return of Pat Cummins, almost six and a half years after his debut in 2011.
In his comeback year, Cummins averaged 26.33 with the stick while Starc was only able to collect 18.55.
Of course, it may be unfair to call Starc for his average given that he is a bowler by trade.
But when it comes to proving your worth as an all-rounder, it’s not an average score that you would associate with someone in that role.
Was Cummins the new answer for Australia as an all-rounder? Not enough.
Despite an average of 22.00 from November 2017 to January 2019, the skipper fell off a cliff with his stick.
From January 2019 to the present, Cummins has averaged a measly 9.37.
During the same period, Starc reminded everyone why he was considered by some to be an all-rounder at the start of his career, scoring 28.57.
It’s not just within the Australian squad that Starc ranks favorably in terms of batting average, either.
Internationally, he is undoubtedly an undisputed leader as one of the best all-rounders in the world.
Jason Holder of the West Indies wears the crown of the world’s best all-around test cricketer, according to the latest ICC ranking, but has an average of 25.70 on cricket since February 2019.
Try to guess which player has a better number in this department than Holder?
You guessed it: Mitchell Starc.
During the same time period, Starc averaged 30.54.
The Aussie isn’t just versatile.
Indian batter Cheteshwar Pujara has failed to make a century since February 2019, with a best score of 91 against England last year being the pinnacle of that era.
Throughout his career, Pujara has come out for a duck 11 times, but a rather worrying sign for Indian fans is that five of them have come in the past three years.
But a worrying sign for Indian fans is that five of them have come in the past three years.
It certainly hurt his batting average, with Pujara amassing 26.86.
Starc is set to barge into a very exclusive players’ club with a total of 250 test wickets and 2,000 races with Shane Warne and Mitchell Johnson the only two Australian representatives in the group and it might be time for people to give to Starc the credit which is long due.
This Ashes series was a timely reminder of why he returned to the all-out conversation.