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Starc recalls time at Yorkshire

— 27 May 2020

Australia quick Mitchell Starc has been recalling his time with Yorkshire in 2012, admitting he would be open to a county cricket return in the future.

The left-armer played all formats for the county eight years ago, taking 36 wickets in 16 appearances.

As a 22-year-old, he turned heads and helped Jason Gillespie’s side reach their first ever T20 Finals Day at Cardiff, although international commitments prevented his involvement. Later in the year, he played against Yorkshire in the Champions League event in South Africa, representing Big Bash side Sydney Sixers.

Unfortunately, he only made two Championship appearances during his short spell at Emerald Headingley, including a rain-ravaged draw against Glamorgan at Colwyn Bay when only 34 overs were possible during the game.

Starc played alongside the likes of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow, and he was due to link up with the latter again later this summer having signed up to play for the Welsh Fire in the inaugural Hundred, a competition now delayed by a year.

“I loved my time there,” he said of his Yorkshire days.

  • “I would have loved to have played some more Championship cricket – I played a lot of white ball initially – but I learnt a lot.

    “If a window arose and there was an opportunity, I’d certainly go (back to county cricket).”

    Starc’s overseas stay at Headingley “was actually my first trip to the UK”, although it famously didn’t begin without drama.

    Having been on an international tour of the West Indies, he flew back home to Sydney prior to jetting over to England. However, upon arriving, problems with his visa paperwork meant he had to fly back Down Under to sort the issues out before making the return journey and commencing his Yorkshire career.

    It all led to his new team-mates nicknaming him ‘Terminal’ given his familiarity with airports!

    In all, the now 30-year-old has taken 465 wickets across all formats for Australia.

    Last summer, Starc’s wife Alyssa Healy, the Australia women’s wicketkeeper-bat, also wore the White Rose as she represented the Yorkshire Diamonds in the final edition of the Kia Super League.