The Starc factor inspires Abbott
IT’S not just batsmen who are intimidated by Mitchell Starc. Sometimes it’s his teammates.
Sean Abbott admits he has suffered from selfdoubt in his five years out of the Australian cricket team, with the presence of superstars like Starc in the NSW dressing room an example of him questioning how he could be up to international standard.
But Abbott is back in the fold and is a chance to play in the T20 series against Pakistan starting on Sunday, and he credits Starc’s mentorship as a key factor in his return.
“I’m a pretty motivated kind of guy but I’ve always had a little bit of a thing with self-doubt,” Abbott said. “That’s always in the back of your mind considering how good the quicks are … they’re my direct competition and I’m really close mates with Mitchell Starc. When he comes back, I get to see how good he is, and [think], ‘ how the hell am I going to be up to this standard and get myself back into the Australian team?’
“But everyone is unique and no two bowlers are the same. I’m not bowling 155km/h inswinging yorkers, or comparing myself to one of the best white-ball players we’ve ever had. I just tried to find what works for me.”
Abbott sees a resilience in Starc he is striving for himself.
“Starcy has always been pretty good at bouncing back from setbacks and usually coming back in a big way and making big statements,” Abbott said.