The cricketing calendar started with a bang as the month of January witnessed some incredible games. There were many interesting matches going on simultaneously this month because of some cracking series’ that were going on in both, the East and the West – India v England, Australia v Pakistan, South Africa v Sri Lanka, New Zealand v Bangladesh, New Zealand v Australia and not to forget the Desert T20 Challenge.
It was getting hard to catch up with all of them as the action amongst the respective teams was only getting more intense, and we were all in a fix when it came to leaving one match for the other. The 5 players who feature in the CricTracker fan poll of best international cricketers of January were a part of each of the series.
5. Mitchell Starc (Australia) – 3% votes
Australia is probably one of the best places to see batsmen play. But, what if it’s a bowler who can compel you to watch a match at the Adelaide Oval for his work with the Kookaburra? A lot of anticipation surrounded him after his return to international cricket after his ankle and foot surgery. Would he still be that fiery? Could he still work those Yorkers? He answered it best in his 6 matches in January.
His wicket-taking streak remained consistent from Sydney to Auckland. He has taken at least one wicket in each match. His best figures of the month came at Adelaide against Pakistan, an admirable 4/42. Starc also received the Australian Test Cricketer of the Year award at the Allan Border Medal awards night. However, CT fans aren’t impressed. A mere 3% voted in his favour.