Cricket star Mitchell Starc has been revealed as the buyer who bowled up $5 million for the beach-front home of former Miss Universe Jennifer Hawkins.
The fast bowler had his hands full during the first Test against South Africa when his advocates bought the luxury pad in North Curl Curl, New South Wales, on his behalf.
Starc, 26, forked out $5,235,000 for the Koichi Takada-designed five-bedroom, three-bathroom home in an upgrade from his current Mosman property.
ABC Radio’s commentary team leaked the news of the purchase during their commentary of the Perth Test.
The two-year-old designer beach house was created in a resort style open plan living place with a long list of extras.
The exterior boasts a wet-edge, heated infinity swimming pool with stunning ocean views, a built-in barbecue, a Travertine terrace and an alfresco dining area made for hosting.
The interior has a master bedroom with a lavish walk-in wardrobe and ensuite, and a top-of-the-line Miele kitchen – with a built-in coffee machine.
Hawkins and her husband Jake Wall put the two-storey home on the market in mid October.
Starc will now list his Mosman home, which he bought for $4.55 million in 2014.
Before that he sold his Breakfast Point pad (fetching $1,275,000) that he purchased for under a million dollars.
Money well spent
Australia’s new No.1 bowler is clearly enjoying his current cricketing contracts with Cricket Australia and the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The spearhead was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL team for $1.03 million, but missed the 2016 season with injury.
Starc’s involvement in all three formats of the game for Australia makes him one of the country’s highest-paid cricketers.
And since his Man of the Tournament performance at the 2015 World Cup, his contract at home has undoubtedly increased.
Starc’s base salary from Cricket Australia is believed to be roughly around $1.5 million a year, according to News Corp.
However, this does not include his match-day fees for all three formats, his lucrative sponsorship deals or the $365,000 bonus he received for winning the World Cup.
He reportedly will earn around $2 million over his base salary in 2016.