Mitchell Starc comments on not playing against Afghanistan in consecutive T20 WC fixtures
By SMCS - Jul 11, 2024 9:00 am
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Veteran Australia pacer Mitchell Starc has opined on his axe in the T20 World Cup 2024 match against Afghanistan in Kingstown. The
veteran feels Australia’s poor fielding and batting were the factors that cost them as well. For the second time in a T20 World Cup game against Afghanistan, Australia did not play the pace spearhead, having done so in the 2022 edition as well.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc eventually got his revenge

Speaking on the Willow Talk podcast, Starc said, “No – two World Cups in a row. Just the match-up, they saw previous games on that ground in St Vincent with spin playing a part and obviously Ash and the left-armer enticing them to make a change. I think Ash bowled pretty well in the power play. They probably played the spin quite well and batting first probably assessed the conditions a little bit better than we did, and had a couple of stumbles that in the end cost us the game.”

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However, the defeat against Afghanistan, followed by another one against India, pushed Australia to the verge of elimination. And, Australia were eliminated after Afghanistan beat Bangladesh to seal a spot in the semi-finals as well.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc

“We finished ahead of England and end up where we were pre-seeded as the second side. All of a sudden, you’re in a different group. The argument was it was because it was so hard to get around the West Indies, so fans knew where your team was playing. So then why don’t you have the chock-a-block tournament at the front … and then spread it out at the back end? We had the two night games and the third was a day game, so it wasn’t the best preparation. We had a delayed flight out of St Vincent, it was a 90-minute drive from the airport to the hotel in St Lucia, and then we had a 10 o’clock,” Mitchell Starc concluded.