Mitchell Starc expressed dissatisfaction with his performance in the Cricket World Cup leading up to Australia’s upcoming semi-final against South Africa. Despite his previous success in the 2015 and 2019 editions, where he played a pivotal role in Australia’s victory, Starc struggled in India, securing only 10 wickets with an average of 43.90 and an economy rate of 6.55.
Reflecting on his form, Starc acknowledged not meeting the standards set in the past two World Cups. Despite being rested in the recent victory over Bangladesh, he sees the semi-final as an opportunity to make a significant impact, especially in the challenging conditions of bowling with the new ball and limited fielding options.
As a key multi-format player for Australia, Starc expressed his desire to continue playing one-day internationals. However, he is realistic about the possibility of prioritizing Test cricket in the near future. While he aims to extend his playing career beyond the current tournament, he doesn’t envision himself participating in the next World Cup, emphasizing the unpredictable nature of the game over a four-year period.
Starc reiterated his commitment to Test cricket, stating that it remains his top priority. The semi-final, in his view, is just another one-day game for Australia, and he doesn’t see it as the end of his one-day cricket journey. Looking ahead, Starc remains focused on the immediate challenge and the uncertain path beyond.