Starc wants MCG full for women's T20 final

Rob Forsaith
Mitchell Starc says his wife Alyssa Healy deserves to play in front of a sell-out MCG crowd

Tour commitments will prevent Mitchell Starc from watching the women's Twenty20 World Cup final from the MCG stands, but he would love to see the mammoth venue at capacity for the occasion.

Starc regards Australia's 2015 World Cup final victory, when he set the tone in front of an MCG crowd of 93,013 by making a mess of Brendon McCullum's stumps, as a career highlight.

Starc's wife Alyssa Healy hopes to enjoy similar euphoria on March 8, when the T20 World Cup final will be staged at the same ground.

Tournament organisers and Cricket Australia have aimed high for the clash on International Women's Day, declaring their intent to set a new record for attendance at a women's sporting fixture.

The current mark is 90,185 at the 1999 FIFA World Cup final.

Starc, who has spent recent downtime cheering on Healy's team throughout their T20 tri-series, is due to fly out of South Africa on March 8 and will be away for the entire tournament.

"It would be phenomenal (to see the MCG packed for the final)," Starc told the Road to the T20 World Cup podcast.

"There's been a lot of work done behinds the scenes ... home World Cups are very special and don't come around too often.

"I was fortunate enough to be part of a World Cup final there and the noise was incredible. It was unlike anything that I've ever heard before ... I was pretty nervous.

"The current group are aware of how special it would be but (it would also be special) for previous eras of women's cricket."

Starc and Healy's busy cricket schedules rarely overlap; the former opted out of this year's Indian Premier League to spend more time with his wife.

But the left-armer always follows Healy's team closely, whether it be in person or on TV.

Starc suggested the 2017 one-day women's World Cup in England, when Australia suffered a shock loss to India in their semi-final, served as a turning point for both the side and Healy.

"They had a good debrief, good review," Starc recalled.

"The reviews were definitely player led from what I've got out of Alyssa. I don't ask or pry too much.

"Alyssa herself probably took that quite personally, how the tournament went ... the last two years of her cricket have been pretty phenomenal.

"It's no surprise. Definitely for me, having seen how she works behinds the scenes ... she works really hard on her glovework and batting, and it's certainly paid off in the last 18-24 months."