Wednesday, December 1

Mitchell Starc on T20 Cricket World Cup Prep, Alyssa Healy, Australia vs. India Women’s Team Series

Mitchell Starc did things a little differently when preparing for the T20 World Cup, which will be played this month and next.

Mitchell Starc has credited her time with the women’s national team for helping him reach the T20 World Cup with a spring in his wake.

Anticipating that he might not see his wife and star hitter Alyssa Healy for up to six months over the summer, Starc joined the women’s camp for the recent series against India.

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The Australian was quick to say that in the absence of recent playing time, it turned out to be a great way to prepare for the World Cup.

“It’s a mix of preparation for everyone, some have been playing cricket, some have been trying to find ways to prepare for this tour,” he said.

“For me, I have spent quite a bit of time with the Australian women’s team and Alyssa. That was a good period of physical and mental preparation for me.

“I feel good about it.”

While Starc was adamant that he had not been called in to train, he said he was more than happy to help with training when asked.

“I was happy to be around where it was needed, and if questions were asked, I could give my two cents. I was happy to catch balls in fielding practice and be in the background, ”he said.

“It’s a fantastic group to be around, I was hugely grateful to have me around and to pass on a bit of experience, certainly in the pink ball and white ball formats for some of the young fast bowlers.

“They have a great group of young fast pitchers.”

Starc said he also learned a lot from the experience.

“They are a team that finds ways to win from almost any position, even when they are not playing their best cricket,” he said.

“They are a fantastic group off the field, there are certainly no egos in that group.”

Starc believes there is room for the women’s and men’s national teams to work together more closely.

“The collaboration could be better between two really strong Australian teams in the future,” he said.

“The schedules are not the best for that, but whether we find certain times during the year … I think there is certainly room for both teams to learn from each other.”

Australia begins its World Cup campaign against South Africa on October 23. Starc is confident that the Australians have what it takes to match him with the T20 world heavyweights despite their messy preparation.

“We have a very well balanced team that I think we all feel like they cover all the bases,” he said.

“Now we are all in a position where we have played enough cricket to know what we need to better prepare for these types of tournaments.”

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