Australian cricket star Mitchell Starc's father Paul loses battle to cancer

Australian cricket team in mourning as star fast bowler loses his father to cancer

  • Mitchell Starc’s father Paul passed away on Tuesday after losing cancer battle

Australian cricket star Mitchell Starc’s father has tragically lost his battle with cancer.

The 31-year-old Australian fast bowler will miss the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria, starting on Thursday, to mourn the loss of his father Paul who passed away on Tuesday.

Starc had earlier pulled out of the second and third T20s against India in December due to a family illness.

Australian cricket star Mitchell Starc's father Paul (pictured together) passed away on Tuesday after losing his battle with cancer

Australian cricket star Mitchell Starc’s father Paul (pictured together) passed away on Tuesday after losing his battle with cancer

Cricket NSW confirmed Starc would miss the match at Bankstown Oval, as would Steve Smith who is resting an elbow injury.

Teammate Nathan Lyon paid his respects to the Starc family on Wednesday.

‘All our thoughts and prayers are going out to Mitch and his family,’ Lyon said, Seven News reported.

‘It’s a tough time but he knows he’s got all our love and all our support, from everyone here at NSW cricket and the cricket community.’

More to come.

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