Wife drops truth bomb on Starc’s haters
Aussie cricket star Alyssa Healy has dropped a statistical truth bomb on the Aussie cricket legends calling for her husband's head.
Heading into the first day of the Second Test at Optus Stadium on Friday, Starc's form has been the biggest talking point surrounding the selection of an unchanged line-up following India's 31-run win in Adelaide.
Aussie cricket legends Shane Warne, Mark Waugh and Mitchell Johnson all questioned Starc's new-ball bowling, most notably in the second innings in Adelaide where he fought back to finish with 3/40 after helping to skittle the Indian tail.
However, it was his erratic radar and failure to capture wickets or build pressure with the new ball that has troubled Warne.
The Spin King has declared Starc is now playing for his spot in the Aussie team in Perth.
"I have always heaped praise on our bowlers, because I believe we have one of the best attacks in the world, but Mitchell Starc's performance with the second new ball in both innings was really poor and he is under pressure to hold his spot if he bowls in Perth like he did in Adelaide," Warne wrote in an exclusive column for The Herald Sun.
"I don't believe Mitchell Starc has found his rhythm yet at all.
"So why on earth was he not playing Shield games, or grade cricket, or any cricket leading up to the Test to get that rhythm?
"I'm not saying Mitchell Starc cost us the game. But if you are doing CSI-style, forensic analysis over the match and look for where it went wrong, you'd look at his effort with the second new ball in both innings.
"It was atrocious, the worst I've ever seen Starc with the second new ball."
The widespread criticism from so many respected voices in Aussie cricket has wounded Starc, according to The Daily Telegraph.
The star quick reportedly views the comments as a "personal attack".
Starc is yet to comment publicly on the criticism, but his wife, Healy, has clearly had enough.
She hit out at her husband's detractors with a statistical reminder for those questioning Starc's position.
She took to Twitter and screengrabbed a photo of a Mitchell Starc news story which points out Starc continues to have the best strike rate of any bowler in Australia Test cricket history with a minimum of 100 Test scalps.
"With 191 wickets under his belt after 46 Test matches, Mitch is approaching the 2nd Test v India in Perth just 9 wickets short of the magic 200 Test wicket mark," Healy posted.
"What is even more remarkable, his current strike rate of 50.2 (balls) is the best S/R of any Australian Test bowler (minimum 100 wickets), an incredible feat that seems to have gone largely unrecognised.
"The only Aussie left arm bowler with more Test wickets is Mitchell Johnson, with 313.
"Mitch (Starc) sits 17th on the list of all time Test wicket takers and at just 28-years of age, looks set to climb even higher up that list across the Australian summer."
She captioned her tweet: "I'll just leave this here".
Aussie Test captain Tim Paine also went into bat for Starc during his official pre-match press conference in Perth on Wednesday,
"I think the criticism he's come under this week has been pretty unfair to be honest," Paine said.
"Barring two or three overs where he got his radar a little bit wrong I thought he bowled really well.
"One thing I know about Starcy is when he cop a bit of criticism, normally he takes it pretty personally and that sometimes gets the best out of him."
Healy also swiped back during the First Test when Starc first came under fire for his drooping body language.
"I just don't like his body language," Johnson said in commentary for ABC radio.
"He hasn't given a bit of a glare or puffed his chest out with a good follow through, let the batsman know he's in the contest, that he's going to rip the pegs out."
The commentary from Johnson on Starc's lack of intimidatory qualities is a common refrain and Healy was clearly sick of it when she replied to a Mitchell Johnson tweet by tagging Starc in her response: "Will your preparation be getting grumpy?"
Meanwhile, Aussie great Brett Lee has also raised concern over the new direction taken by the Australian fast-bowling cartel - calling for them to raise their aggression when in the field.
"You can be aggressive by your body language, the length you bowl the way you throw the ball in. You need that aggression," Lee told The Courier-Mail.
"Our bowling attack contains three of the nicest guys in world cricket but be nice off the field.
"My hero Allan Donald was the nicest guy off the field. On the field he would rip your throat out. But he would be the first to shake your hand win or lose.
"I would like to see Pat Cummins steam in a say a few words to the batsmen like he did in Adelaide."