Starc’s Mark: The First King Strikes Again

He threw the first ball! Starc gives Australians a dream start

Mitchell Starc lit up the Gabba with the first ball of the Summer Test this morning, and it’s far from the first time the left gunsmith has done early damage on the international stage.

Stats show Starc is actually the most prolific bowler in the world lately when it comes to taking wickets when opening an inning.

This morning’s special – when he remarkably knocked down southpaw Rory Burns behind his legs – sparked scenes reminiscent of his famous Brendon McCullum dismissal in the first game of the 2015 World Cup Final at the MCG.

Starc’s famous World Cup final delivery to McCullum // Getty

It was also the 13th time Starc had struck in the opening of a test round since early 2014, pushing him past Ashes rival James Anderson (first 12 wickets) in the same span.

During this same period in the ODI, his 19 victims in the first heat of a heat took him out of the peloton, with Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga (12) second.

There has not been since 1936 that a melon has struck the very first ball in an Ashes series.

In what has become part of the tradition of an Australian summer test, legendary leg spinner Shane Warne called for the paceman’s ax for Gabba’s test, with his preference for fit West Australian Jhye Richardson for be selected in the XI.

Starc has only appeared once in the 2019 Ashes campaign in the UK as Australia went through five fast bowlers, and the New South Welshman suffered a lean streak against India last summer, taking 11 wickets in four tests and hitting all 74 deliveries.

But the 31-year-old’s career strike rate of 49.3 over a decade of try-out cricketer puts him in the best handful of bowlers at the time, and those wicket prowess have earned him a reputation as a automatic choice for the national selection panel. .

New Test skipper Pat Cummins also spoke about his teammate’s form ahead of this series, revealing he bowled with considerable pace and swing as Australia prepared on the Gold Coast and then Brisbane via a series of central counters. sessions.

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“Everyone expects fast bowlers to play fast every time they play, when we knew we had three weeks when we got here to prepare for Game One,” Cummins said on Sunday.

“So he built up well, we had a really good center wicket (session) yesterday, and he was quick, he was swinging the ball big.

“We weren’t surprised but it was great to see, and you have some of the best hitters in the world – Steve Smith, Marnus (Labuschagne) – it looked like Starcy was a handful for them, so they’re all good signs . “

Vodafone Men’s Ashes


Australia: Pat Cummins (c), Steve Smith (vc), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

England: Joe Root (c), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes , Chris Woakes, Mark Wood


First test: December 8-12, Le Gabba

Second trial : December 16-20, Adelaide Oval

Third test: December 26-30, MCG

Fourth test: January 5-9, SCG

Fifth test: January 14-18, to be confirmed

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