Saturday, 19 May 2012
INTERVIEW: 'Terminal' has landed and raring to go
Yorkshire's newest Aussie has finally landed at Headingley with the correct paperwork and is ready to make a flying start in tomorrow's CB40 match against Derbyshire Falcons.
MITCH HAS FLOWN TWICE AROUND THE WORLD TO MAKE HIS YORKSHIRE DEBUT SO PLEASE COME ALONG AND LEND HIM YOUR SUPPORT!!
Mitchell Starc may never have been to the United Kingdom, but he found out after signing for the Club that there is a bit of Yorkshire already in his blood...
"I know a few of the guys that have played here and spoken to a few guys that have played at Headingley. My Mum mentioned to me before I left that my great grandfather was born in Yorkshirewhich was a bit of an eye opener to me. It’s the first time I’ve been to England and I’m looking to learn a lot playing here."
With Phil Jaques' father being born in Sheffield, Headingley now possesses a pair of Yorkshire-Aussies. How has he found the Yorkshire squad?
"The Yorkshire lads seem a great bunch of guys and very welcoming so I’m looking forward to getting on the field with them."
And that debut looks set to arrive in Yorkshire's CB40 match against Derbyshire at Headingley on Sunday (1.45pm start). It will be a blessed relief for the man the squad have dubbed 'Terminal' after he has spent so much time in airports recently.
"I've been spending a lot more time in the air than on the ground unfortunately, but I’m happy to be here now and I’m looking forward to getting on with some cricket here tomorrow, if the sun comes out."
A 56-hour trip back to Australia from the tour of West Indies was followed by the flight fromn Sydney to the UK to commence his Yorkshire career, however problems with his VISA paperwork saw the 22-year-old fast bowler have to travel back to Oz.
"I got back from the West Indies and had a couple of days back home to get the warm stuff in the suitcaseand head over. Obviously some unfortunate stuff happened with the VISA and I got to come up to Leeds for a couple of days, but then had to head back to Australia to sort it out. I was home for about 4 or 5 days and came back over and got through this time."
"I had to fly from Sydney to Canberra a couple of times to the British High Commission to fasttrack everything, but all-in-all it was 14 flights in around 12 days and hopefully I won’t see a plane for a few more days!!"
"I’m here now and can put all of that behind me and concentrate on the cricket. CB40 Hopefully the sun will come out and we can play cricket tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully I can off a few wickets to the side and contribute to a few wins. If I can contribute in any way, with the bat or the ball, to that ultimate goal of getting the Club back into the first division."
"If I can contribute, please the crowd and do my bit for the team I’ll be happy. Originally I was in the IPL auction and there was a bit of chatting with my manager about the possibility of playing some county cricket."
"With back-to-back Ashes coming up next year the chance to come and play some cricket in England where I haven’t played before and play some longer form matches rather than t20 cricket – I thought that was better for my development."
"I pulled out of the IPL auction a couple of days before it happened and the opportunity to link up with Jason and Phil, the Australians, was the best thing moving forward for me. Having Jason here as the coach helps me with my development. I had him last year on the Australia A tour of Zimbabweso I’ve had a bit to do with him. I was watching him growing up and he’ll help me with my development as well. Having him on that tour was great. I just came back from an injury and to have him there to pick his brains about bowling was great. To have guys like him is always going to help you."