Yorkshire to bring in Australian bowler Mitchell Starc

Mitchell Starc

Yorkshire are set to bring in Australian seamer Mitchell Starc to boost their bowling attack.

The 22-year-old will make his debut in the County Championship match against Gloucestershire on 9 May if clearance is obtained in time.

The 6ft 4ins left-armer has so far made four Test appearances, taking 10 wickets at an average of 32.50.

"It's very early in his career but he's very exciting," Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie told BBC Radio Leeds.

Starc is part of a new generation of seam bowlers being brought through by the Australian selectors, with James Pattinson and Pat Cummins also wearing the Baggy Green cap for the first time in recent months.

"The thing about Mitchell is he's a really good lad and he will fit into the Yorkshire dressing room really well.

"I'm a big believer in having good characters in teams, as well as good players, and Mitchell certainly fits that bill," said Gillespie.

"He'll be a wonderful addition to our squad and a big, tall left-armer who can swing the ball at over 140 kph is going to be an asset in any team."

Gillespie is looking to former England left-armer Ryan Sidebottom to take responsibility for mentoring Starc during his time on the county circuit.

"Ryan's a fantastic fast bowler and has performed so well for a long period time at first-class level, and at international level.

"I'll be pushing Mitchell in Ryan's direction, to spend a bit of time with him off the field, to talk about cricket, about life, and what it's like to be a left-arm quick," he added.

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