Mitchell Starc was praised by players and pundits alike for a small but big gesture to his Australian female cricket colleagues.
The left-arm Australian striker accompanies the women’s team during their multi-format cricket series against India, with Starc eager to spend more time with his wife Alyssa Healy, who is the wicketkeeper, before bubble life takes hold for the T20 World Cup and Ashes .
And there’s a good reason he was on deck at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.
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As Australia struggled on the first day of the four-day test to find the right areas and toss the ball up, Starc asked his colleagues if they were wearing the necessary longer spikes.
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As such, the Australian opening bowler went out and bought some longer spikes for the bowlers to use.
“It was actually the first day of match, when Stella Campbell was bowling,” revealed former Australian captain Lisa Sthalekar, commenting on Fox Cricket.
“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.”
The longer spikes helped the Australian bowlers gain a foothold in the game as they kept the pressure on them and improved their lines and lengths on day two and certainly into day three.
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Speaking to ABC Radio on Saturday, debutant Stella Campbell, who had a strong third day with the ball picking up two wickets and getting a soaring bounce, commented on Starc’s influence and classy gesture.
“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.
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.”
India eventually called the time in their innings at 8d-377, while Australia struggled with 4-143 – 84 runs adrift to let the tourists strike again.
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