Rio Olympics 2016: Mitchell Starc ecstatic after younger brother qualifies for men’s high jump final
Starc brothers Brandon (left) and Mitchell. Image courtesy - Twitter

These are happy days for House Starc. Yes, we know Jon Snow is back at Winterfell and House Stark back to ruling it but we are not talking of Game of Thrones here. Starc household in Sydney it is. While the elder son of the family is serving his country with distinction on the cricket field in a difficult battle against the Sri Lankans on their soil, the younger one has entered the final of the men’s high jump at the Olympics. The two brothers; Mitchell and Brandon are making the family proud. ALSO READ: Spotted: A ‘Game of Thrones’ devotee at Galle.

Mitchell, who is with the Australian cricket team on the Sri Lankan tour and has been exceptional with the ball in his side’s series loss, took to his Twitter handle when he learned that his younger brother Brandon has earned a spot in the final of men’s high jump at Rio games. He wrote: “What a legend young cratsy… qualified for the Olympic final good boy!!! Very proud.”

Mitchell has taken 24 wickets thus far in the three-match series which Sri Lanka are leading 2-0. The third Test at Colombo is underway and five Sri Lankan wickets from the second innings are yet to fall, which means Starc can add more to his tally of 24, which is already the best performance by a fast-bowler in the Indian subcontinent in Test cricket.

Player-of-the-Tournament Mitchell Starc with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Trophy. Image courtesy: Getty Images
Player-of-the-Tournament Mitchell Starc with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Trophy. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Brandon, on the other hand, is one shot away from the gold medal (or at least a medal) and can add another medal to Australia’s tally at Rio. His brother Mitchell will be rooting for him all the way for the island country, where he will have to get up early to catch the final in Rio which will begin before the sun rises in Colombo on Wednesday — the last Day of the third and final Test.

A file photo of Brandon Starc after winning a medal at the Youth Olympics at Singapore in 2010. Image courtesy: Getty Images
A file photo of Brandon Starc after winning a medal at the Youth Olympics at Singapore in 2010. Image courtesy: Getty Images

This Brandon does not need a Hodor. On a serious note, it will be big for the Starcs, the older brother has already won the ICC World Cup 2015 and was named the Player of the Tournament, an Olympic Gold will just be an icing.