Mitchell Starc on the Brink of History, Credits Resilience to Tim Nielsen's Tough Love

Mitchell Starc on the Brink of History, Credits Resilience to Tim Nielsen’s Tough Love

Mitchell Starc, on the cusp of surpassing Dennis Lillee as Australia’s fourth-highest Test wicket-taker, credits former coach Tim Nielsen’s tough love for his remarkable resilience. Starc, who has played seven consecutive Tests this summer, has overcome physical challenges to become Australia’s iron man.

Nielsen’s words, “harden the f* up,” have resonated with Starc, who has pushed through pain to represent his country. Despite lingering groin soreness, Starc was Australia’s leading wicket-taker in the Ashes last year. He also played through the World Cup with minor adjustments to his run-up.

Starc’s ability to withstand pain and perform at a high level is a testament to his experience and determination. He has learned to manage niggles and find ways to contribute to the team. Surpassing Lillee is a significant milestone, as Starc is the only bowler in Australia’s top eight wicket-takers with a strike-rate under 50.

Starc is also approaching another landmark: 100 Tests. Tim Southee will become the latest pace bowler to reach this milestone in Christchurch, and Starc is 12 away. If his body and form hold up, he could join the club in 2025.

Starc’s longevity and resilience are a testament to his dedication and the support of the medical staff. He has become a role model for young bowlers, showing that it is possible to overcome physical challenges and achieve greatness.