Aussie star to miss clash for bro’s wedding
Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has decided his brother’s wedding is more important than a game of cricket, pulling out of the second Twenty20 against Sri Lanka to witness him tie the knot.
Billy Stanlake or Sean Abbott are likely to replace Starc as Australia target an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Cricket Australia reported the Starc move on its website Monday, saying he had been granted a release as part of an increased focus on family time under coach Justin Langer.
Brandon Starc and his fiance Laura.Source:Instagram
The younger Starc brother is an accomplished high jumper and Olympian, winning gold during the 2018 Commonwealth Games and placing sixth at the recent Doha World Athletics Championships. He was Australia’s first Commonwealth Games gold medallist in high jump in more than 25 years.
Despite his success in athletics, Brandon continues to work part-time at his local Coles.
Last year, the 25-year-old equalled the Australian all-time high jump record which was set over two decades ago, clearing 236cm. This means Brandon could easily jump higher than his superstar brother, who is 196cm tall.
Starc’s fiance, Laura Turner, has always been Brandon’s biggest supporter throughout his athletics career.
“I’m just extremely proud of him. To see how much work he does behind the scenes, and it’s not all ups, it’s a long road,” Turner told Channel 9.
Brandon’s mother, Julie May, told the Sydney Morning Herald that although Brandon is slowly emerging from his brother’s shadow, many Australians still view him as Mitch’s younger brother.
“Mitch is very respectful of Brandon’s career and always says he would love to see articles about Brandon where he is not mentioned. He does not want to take any attention away from what Brandon has done,” May said.
Mitchell Starc points the way to the changerooms for Kusal Janith Perera. Picture: Sarah ReedSource:News Corp Australia
Australia emphatically won the opening T20 in Adelaide on Sunday by 134 runs, with David Warner celebrating his birthday with a return to form, clubbing an unbeaten 100.
Regardless of whether Stanlake or Abbott get their chance on Wednesday, Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins told reporters Monday Australia’s effective use of the short ball would continue.
“(Bowling short is) something we speak about, no doubt, especially at the Gabba or Adelaide Oval, where it’s quite fast and bouncy,” he said. “And all our bowlers are 6 (foot) four (inches) or 6’5.”
— with AFP