Red ball is still top of the tree for me: Starc

Melbourne, Dec 24: Despite Australia’s fast-bowling spearhead Mitchell Starc becoming IPL’s most expensive player ever with a whopping payday of INR 24.75 crores at the recent auction, the left-arm pacer insisted that playing red-ball cricket is still his top priority.

Last week, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) went past an intense bidding war to acquire Starc’s services for an eye-shattering amount ahead of IPL 2024. Starc had skipped last eight seasons of the IPL to rest well post his international commitments and spend time with his wife, Australia women’s captain Alyssa Healy.

But IPL 2024 happening before Men’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and USA from June 4-30 meant Starc enrolled in the IPL auction and is set to play in the tournament to be effectively played from March to May.

“Red ball is still top of the tree for me. I think my body will let me know (when it’s time to give up) Test cricket before I want to, but it’s an opportune year next year. It’s a lot quieter, there’s no Test match between the ones in New Zealand in March and the summer next year.”


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