A prodigal son of Queensland, he never got to wear the teal when recruited for BBL|02 after earning an international recall.
At least twice he was in line to represent the Heat when narrowly missing the Test XI, but was pulled by Cricket Australia.
He did not play at all in BBL|01 due to injury and a desire to concentrate on regaining his Test spot.
It's remarkable to think that Mitch has played only six domestic games of T20 cricket - and three of those were in the Champions League in South Africa for Mumbai.
He played his first ever T20 game for the Queensland Bulls back in early 2006 when the style of cricket was considered a novelty and NSW even played rugby league star Andrew Johns in one of their games.
Such was Mitch's value to the Australian Test and one-day teams that he was kept in cotton wool and did not play in either the KFC T20 Big Bash or Indian Premier League to keep his body at its best for the last five years.
Mitch moved to Perth three years ago to be closer to girlfriend Jessica, who has since become his wife. The couple became first-time parents early in BBL|02 with the arrival of daughter Rubika.
Mitch was an outstanding junior tennis prospect who grew up in Townsville before being wooed to cricket by a local cricket officer. The rest is history.
He became the fastest Australian left-arm bowler to reach 150 Test wickets, was in both the top 10 world rankings for Test and one-day cricket at one stage, and also has a brutal Test century against South Africa to his credit.
A wonderful athlete and world class performer who is at home at the Gabba. Can't wait to see him slot in alongside his old mates nicely.