Fast bowler Mitchell Starc has coached the Australian women’s cricket team and went out of his way to help them.
Australian cricketer Mitchell Starc has been praised for a stylish gesture to assist the Australian women’s cricket team during their test match against India.
The fast bowler, who is the husband of wicketkeeper Alyssa Healy, has accompanied the women’s squad throughout the multi-format series so that he can spend more time with Healy before they have to go their separate ways for their respective cricketing obligations which require strict quarantine.
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Both Starc and Healy will star in Australia’s upcoming men’s and women’s Ashes series later this summer.
The paceman with the left arm has been seen on the border with the team during the ODIs and the test match currently taking place on the Gold Coast.
Starc even had the honor of presenting teenage fast bowler Stella Campbell with her baggy green for day 1 of Thursday’s test.
“Getting my baggy green has been the pinnacle of my career,” Campbell told ABC Radio.
“To hold my own is incredible and something I’ve dreamed of, and to get it presented by Mitch Starc was amazing. That was so special.”
In addition, it has been revealed that behind the scenes, Starc went above and beyond to help Campbell and the rest of the Australian women’s team.
Campbell struggled to grip her foot in the field as she ran into the bowl and had to put a large amount of sawdust on the crease to try and give her more traction.
Starc noticed the problem and when told that the women didn’t have longer spikes on the bottom of their shoes to dig into the ground, he personally went out and bought some for the whole team.
“It was actually the first day of match, when Stella Campbell was bowling,” former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar said in the commentary.
“She had to put a little sawdust on (the crease). The bowlers came out and Starc said, ‘Do you have your long spikes?’
“The girls said, ‘We just have our normal spikes.’
“So what he did was he went out and bought all the long spikes from the bowlers so they have another set just in case, depending on the circumstances.”
Campbell herself confirmed Starc’s kind gesture: “I slipped my front foot on the first day, so Mitch Starc asked if we had long spikes,” she said.
“I’ve never worn one and none of us had one. So he went out and bought them all for us.
“I used them for the first time today.”
It must have been a treat as Campbell claimed her first wicket in Test cricket with an absolute peach of a delivery that caught the outside edge of Taniya Bhatia’s bat and traveled safely in Healy’s gloves.
Starc has trained around the team and said it was a privilege to be admitted to the sanctuary of the Australian women’s side.
“I’m very privileged to be around the group and I think I help where I can, whether it’s in the background at the gym or in the nets and I play in and do my preparation when the girls get there So I don’t think I’m in the way,” the 31-year-old told Channel 7.
“And at the same time you have to be there to spend some time with Alyssa while you can and of course we will have to go our separate ways for the summer and then the schedules will probably be out of alignment.
“I am very privileged to be with this group, they are such a great group to be around, very inviting.
“To even be in the same rooms and around the same group is very special for me to welcome.”
Heading into the final day of the game, Australia is 4-143 and needs 85 more runs to avoid the follow-on, with a draw actually the Aussies’ best hopes.