Mitchell Starc reveals his regret over never patching up relationship with Shane Warne before the spin king’s death after the cricket legend called him ‘soft’ in a withering spray
- Mitchell Starc has shared his regret over his icy relationship with Shane Warne
- Warne regularly criticised the fast bowler and labelled him ‘soft’ back in 2014
- The spin king insisted it was not personal and wanted to patch things up
- However, Starc was not afforded that opportunity before Warne died this year
Mitchell Starc has shared his regret over never healing his fractured relationship with Shane Warne prior to the cricket legend’s death earlier this year.
Warne had been particularly scathing of Starc’s form and body language during the fast bowler’s time in the Australian Test team, with the spin king labelling the 32-year-old ‘soft’ at the Gabba in 2014.
He also called for Starc to be excluded from last year’s Ashes squad, only for Starc to emphatically silence that criticism by dominating the first three Tests, including taking a wicket from the first ball of the series.
Mitchell Starc has shared his regret over not patching things up with Shane Warne
Warne told News Corp in an unpublished interview that his criticism of Starc was not personal and that he wished to have a chat over a beer, but the 32-year-old was never granted that opportunity.
And now, Starc has revealed his heartache in never being able to patch things up with Warne.
‘The disappointing part or the sad part is that we never got to have that conversation,’ he told News Corp. ‘I guess we’ll never know (whether it was personal).
The spin king was a regular critic of Starc and labelled his body language ‘soft’ back in 2014
Starc proved Warne wrong and the cricket legend said he wanted to go for a beer with him
‘I don’t know – I never got a phone call to take up that offer (of a beer). Hindsight is a wonderful thing.’
Prior to his death earlier this year, Warne, 52, opened up on his relationship with Starc and refused to climb down from his tough stance.
‘I have no issue whatsoever. It’s not personal. If Mitchell Starc wants to talk about anything I’m happy to talk to him too. If he wants to have a beer and have a chat about stuff, I’ll say, ‘Mitch, mate, happy to chat,’ Warne said.
‘It’s nothing personal. I’m there to judge what I see … It devalues the public out there (if you don’t give) your opinion. It looks like you’re having favourites.
‘Unfortunately, I’ve got an opinion and I think it’s important that us commentators, or people in the game, yourself (journalists) included, you’ve got to be honest with your opinions and some people aren’t going to like it, which is fine.
Warne’s shock death earlier this year denied Starc that opportunity to mend their relationship
‘But maybe they might respect it, or maybe it might even inspire them. Who knows?
‘They might say; ‘I’ll show you.’ That’s good too.’
Starc added: ‘I did (use criticism as motivation) with everything. I was someone who listened to and read everything.
‘And then that year (2018-19) we had multiple broadcasters start, everyone coming in with radio and whatever, that’s when it really doubled down on the noise and it really got away from (me).
‘That’s where I learnt best to let things go and only worry about the groups that mattered most to me and those closest to me. That’s all I need to feel comfortable in myself. That was a point where it changed a fair bit for me, where I chose not to read things and it’s continued on where it doesn’t matter.
‘I don’t pay attention to a lot of stuff which has made a huge difference.
‘It’s part of cricket. You’re going to have your critics and everyone is entitled to have an opinion. I’ll just keep going about my cricket.’