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March 5, 2018 Mitchell Starc News
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Starc was named Man of the Match in Australia's Test victory over South Africa.
Starc was excellent in the first Test, taking five for 34 off 10.4 overs in the first innings as Australia restricted South Africa to just 162. After a relatively soft first-innings total by Australia, which still looked to put them up by more than enough, Starc was lethal once again in the second. Though expensive, conceding at more than four per over, he took four crucial wickets, including the scalps of Dean Elgar in the seventh over and demolished the tail in the 80th over, knocking out Vernon Philander and then Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada on back-to-back balls to close out the over. Starc will look to keep his excellent form going in the next three Tests of the series.
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Fantasy AnalysisWith the Australian attack badly struggling to work through England's impressive one-day order, Starc was there to provide crucial wickets; however, they couldn't quite get the breakthroughs they needed as a whopping five of England's eight batsmen scored at least 39 runs and were able to consistently find the rope. The four-for was Starc's ninth in 70 ODI innings.
Fantasy AnalysisWhile Starc was adamant in the fact that he was playing, captain Steve Smith suggested that the call might be up to the physios and with the series already in hand, even if he's available physically, they may opt to rest him to ensure his health for the South Africa series on the heels of the Ashes. Starc took his ninth Test four-for in the first innings and bowled out James Vince on a ball that's been described as the best of the century by numerous pundits en route to the innings victory.
Fantasy AnalysisIf anyone is ready for the Ashes, it's Starc, who bowled hat tricks in both innings of a domestic first-class match after bowling a career-best eight for 73 at Adelaide a week earlier. While he was bowling out the lower-order of Western Australia, he'll face considerably more resistance against England, but his wicket taking abilities are nearly unparalleled. Another good sign is his form with the bat, recording a tidy 61-ball 43 while finding the rope eight times in the first innings, which could prove crucial against an England side without the services of Ben Stokes and now Steve Finn.
Fantasy AnalysisOne part of an excellent attack that includes fellow internationals Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon, Starc bowled his best bowled innings with an eight-wicket haul and his second-career 10 wicket bag in a first-class match. With an eye on the Ashes, Starc's in excellent form, taking three wickets in back-to-back List A matches and looks fully fit after a four-month layoff thanks to a foot injury.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian pace bowler continues to have injury issues with his right foot and the stress fracture that was found on tour in India. The stress fracture was found to have not fully healed following the Champions Trophy. Starc now will be rested until the ODI series with India in September in preparation for the Ashes.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc was excellent as always on Monday, knocking out the dangerman Tamim Iqbal on the first ball of the 43rd over and then two balls later, quickly bowled a double-strike of Mashrafe Mortaza and Rubel Hossain and then finished off the innings with his fourth wicket in nine balls by knocking out Mehedi Hasan Miraz. In just 66 ODIs, Starc has his seventh four-for to go with five five-fors. Starc will look to keep up his excellent form against a much-tougher English order on Saturday at Birmingham to qualify for the semifinals.
Fantasy AnalysisThe most recent injury to his foot has joined a host of injuries that Starc has had to endure as a pace bowler especially concerning his right foot/ankle. With the severity of the stress fracture unknown, it is still expected that Starc will be back from injury and available to the Australian ODI team for the Champions Trophy in England.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc delivered a late and unexpected boost to Australia's middling tally on day one, notching 57 runs by stumps. The bowler's Test average is only 24.33, yet he managed nearly a run per ball off 63 deliveries. His form didn't carry over to day two, when he scored only four more runs in the first session before being caught out by Ravindra Jadeja off a Ravichandran Ashwin delivery to end Australia's innings.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter a strong close to the series against Pakistan, which saw him take four for 42 in the final match, Starc struggled at Auckland with both the bat and the ball. However, in a match that saw Australia's typically potent lineup whimper, Starc turned in a strong performance. While his skill is renowned with the ball, adding three wickets to his impressive haul for his career, his work with the bat helped keep Australia in the match, partnering with Pat Cummins for 51 before the final two batsmen whimpered out for just five.
Fantasy AnalysisDefending a big total of 369, Starc started the proceedings by picking up the wicket of Pakistan captain Azhar Ali in the third over of the innings. He then came back later to take the important wicket of dangerous batsman Sharjeel Khan and Mohammad Hafeez shortly after. Starc finished with impressive figures of four wickets for 42 runs off 9.1 overs.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia's premier fast bowler in all formats has been given a chance to recuperate following a busy start to the summer and ahead of the remainder of the ODI series against Pakistan an upcoming ODI series against New Zealand. With Starc being rested, Billy Stanlake who debuted in Brisbane in the first ODI will come back into the side.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter choosing not to enforce the follow-on, Australia had as nervy a time bowling Pakistan out as possible. Needing 490, Pakistan just kept scoring runs after being bowled out at 142 in the second innings of the match. However, leave it to Starc to bowl an absolute peach to knock out the centurion Asad Shafiq for his fourth wicket of the innings followed by a run out the close out the 145th over and leave Pakistan 40 runs short. This was Starc's seventh four wicket haul in just 32 Test matches and is an absolutely integral piece of the Australian attack.
Fantasy AnalysisThe pacey bowler wasted no time in jumping on the South African batsmen, picking up a wicket in the first over and catching Dean Elgar for a duck. He also knocked out Faf du Plessis, Vernon Philander and the centurion Stephen Cook to end the innings. While his overs were a bit expensive at 3.42, Starc was attacking the wicket and his haul helped get Australia needing only 127 on the chase.
Fantasy AnalysisThe hosts have reportedly ignored medical data that shows Starc is a high injury risk, according to ESPN Cric Info. Team physiotherapist David Beakley said Cricket Australia had stretched their own conventions around fast bowling to allow him to play. Starc had only two weeks of bowling workouts to prepare for the Test – instead of the usual six – due to a serious leg injury he suffered while training earlier in the year.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia has a lot to prove in this first home Test of this cricket season, coming off a bruising 5-0 ODI loss in South Africa last month and a historic Test loss to Sri Lanka in August. A devastating bowling performance by Starc put the Aussies well and truly on the front foot by the end of day one, with South Africa all out for 242. Starc’s four wickets included opener Stephen Cook for a duck on the fourth ball, and captain Faf du Plessis for 37. Key scalps from Josh Hazlewood ensured the visitors never recovered.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian fast bowler says his knee is “fine” after a freak leg injury he picked up two weeks ago after colliding with some training equipment. At the time he said he could “see a couple of bones” and needed around 30 stitches, but avoided tearing his patella tendon. Starc is currently wearing a knee brace, but expects to be back in time for the Sheffield in October and Tests against South Africa and Pakistan in November.
Fantasy AnalysisAustralia's fast bowler collided with training equipment during a training session in Sydney on Thursday, shuddering a deep laceration to his left shin. Starc was taken to hospital soon after where he then received medical attention including approximately 30 stitches. He hopes to make his return for the first test of the Australian summer.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc has been outstanding in all three formats against Sri Lanka. Across the nine matches comprising this super-series, Starc has picked up at least one wicket in every match and at least two wickets in eight of the nine matches. With a rest coming for Australia's ODI series against South Africa, look for him to make a final statement in the second T20 against Sri Lanka while sitting on 39 wickets across the nine matches.
Fantasy AnalysisIn what was an all round strong bowling performance from Australia, Starc picked up three wickets including stand-in captain and key batsman Dinesh Chandimal for just one run. The fast bowler finished with impressive figures of three wickets for 40 runs from nine overs bowled. In the field, Starc also took the catch of opener Dhananjaya de Silva from the bowling of James Faulkner.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing the Australian tour of Sri Lanka where the pace bowler found much success, bringing up the milestones of 100 test and 100 ODI wickets, the Australian team along with Starc himself have found in their best interest that their talismanic fast bowler be rested in preparation for the upcoming summer.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 26-year-old has made quite a name for himself with the ball throughout his young career. Having taken his 100th Test wicket earlier this month during their Test series against Sri Lanka, he followed that up with his 100th ODI wicket in record time, needing just 52 innings to take his 100th wicket. He followed that up with one more to help shorten the Aussies' chase. His 3.20 economy was the best mark on the squad and, despite bowling 10 overs, he didn't allow as much as a single four. He'll look to carry his strong form into Wednesday's second ODI after being the only bright spot of the Test series.
Fantasy AnalysisAfter leading the charge with five wickets in the first innings, Starc couldn't quite replicate his success in the second innings. After grabbing a huge lbw in the first over, Starc took just one more wicket for the match. The pace bowler held an economy of 3.41 for the innings, nothing to write home about, but better than some of his teammates, who couldn't figure out how to best the Sri Lankan batters.
Fantasy AnalysisOne of the few bright spots of Australia's disastrous series in Sri Lanka, bowler Mitchell Starc has consistently delivered in all three matches. The 26-year-old left-armer claimed his third five-for this series in the first innings of this match, including a fifth-over duck for opening batsman Kaushal Silva. Starc conceded a miserly 63 runs in his 25.1 overs at the crease, allowing no sixes while delivering 125 dots for an economy rate of 2.50.
Fantasy AnalysisIn what has so far been a disappointing match for Australia, Starc has been the shining light. His figures from this match, 11/94, overtake his previous best figures of 8/208. He did, however, fail to make a contribution with the bat in Australia's first innings, being dismissed for a golden duck by Rangana Herath on a hat-trick ball.
Fantasy AnalysisFollowing a lengthy recovery from foot surgery, Starc made his first appearance of any kind since last November. His pace caused trouble for the hosts from the outset, as he got Andre Fletcher to take a careless swing and hit to backward point in the first over of the match. The wicket landscape was barren for a stretch, but Mitchell Marsh's dismissal of Darren Bravo and Starc's of Johnson Charles in the span of 13 balls started a domino effect. Sitting on 50/1 after 11, the Windies tumbled all the way to 116 all out in just 32.3 overs. Such a mark wasn't daunting in the slightest for David Warner and the rest of Starc's mates to handle in the chase.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc's campaign experienced a delayed start due to knee soreness, but after six innings, he's already closing in on the top spot on the wicket leaderboard. He commenced the Royal Challengers' defense of 226 with the immediate dismissal of fill-in opener Manan Vohra, who was taken via a diving grab at the covers. Mixing in 15 dot balls as the match progressed, Starc proceeded to quell the bottom of Punjab's order, sending off Mitchell Johnson, Anureet Singh, and Karanveer Singh with a combined five runs to their names. While Starc's 15 wickets are impressive by any calculation, he's backing it up with mind-boggling figures, namely a 5.45 economy rate and 8.8 strike rate.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc's start to this year's edition of the IPL was delayed due to a sore knee, but he continues to climb the wicket leaderboard in pursuit of the Purple Cap, which is awarded to the bowler with the most scalps by tournament's end. Taking the new ball Sunday, he immediately put the clamps on the Super Kings, ending the first over by bowling over Dwayne Smith's off stump. As the first innings drew to a close, Starc's final over included the wickets of Dwayne Bravo and Pawan Negi via yorker. With 11 to his credit in five innings, Starc, the seamer, carries the cheapest figures (9.54 average, 5.83 economy rate, and 9.81 strike rate) of any player with at least one wicket during IPL8.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc is a wicket-taking machine, but it's also his economy rate that keeps him at the forefront of T20 bowlers. His IPL economy rate is 7.13 while his career T20 rate is 7.11. Because he bowls fast yorkers, he is a very hard man to get away. Batsmen are not allowed to free up their arms to swing lustily.
Fantasy AnalysisWith speed and accuracy his main weapons, Starc has continued his stellar year by claiming three wickets unassisted by the fieldsman. He started his IPL campaign just five days ago and has taken seven wickets for 66 runs at an average of 9.42 and an economy rate of 5.5. In his very first over, he put the Daredevils on the back foot and they never recovered, making just 95, the lowest team score of IPL8. Gayle and Kholi knocked these runs off in just 10.3 overs
Fantasy AnalysisStarc will have to think about building a new cabinet at home to put all his trophies in after adding another Man of the Match award to his impressive tally this year. His accurate bowling, even on slow pitches, has again proved almost impossible for batsmen to get on top of. He has taken wickets in every match he has played since the beginning of the World Cup with a majority being LBW, bowled or caught at the wicket, as he gives batsmen no room to play their more expansive strokes. Although three wickets is the most he has ever taken in a T20 match, with a best of 3/11, he keeps batsmen guessing with genuine pace and swing. To add to his night, he caught Rajasthan captain Shane Watson before he could really do any damage.
Fantasy AnalysisIn his first match since the World Cup, Starc took up where he left off. His economy rate of just 6.00 was valuable, although not enough to see his side through to victory. He bowled 14 dot balls, with only one over, his third, being at all expensive. He didn't seem hampered at all by the knee soreness that has kept him on the sidelines since the end of March. He has played in 70 T20 matches, bowling in them all. His total of 103 wickets at an average of 18.03 and a strike rate of 15.0 are testament to what a fine bowler he has become.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc will merely rest following his Player-of-the-Tournament performance from the recent World Cup, during which he took 22 wickets for 10.18, while giving up merely 3.50 runs per over. He recorded at least two wickets in each of Australia's eight matches, including his best ODI outing, six for 28, against New Zealand on Feb. 28. Once his knee is cleared by Cricket Australia, Starc will embark on his second IPL campaign with the Royal Challangers. In 2014, he toppled 14 for 28.71 and an economy of 7.49.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc took wickets in all eight matches of the World Cup, totaling 22, of which 12 were cleaned bowled, and conceding just 224 runs. This was an amazing effort, as he always bowls in the powerplays or at the death. He has bowled in 41 ODIs, taking six four-wicket and five five-wicket hauls. His best bowling was six for 28 against New Zealand in Auckland earlier in the tournament. On Tuesday, he was named in the squad to tour the West Indies and England in the northern summer, but a minor knee injury will see him miss the first three weeks of the IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc's statistics for this tournament are 16 wickets for 136 runs at an average of 8.50 and an economy rate of 3.67. These figures are excellent considering he opens the bowling in the power play and bowls at the death when the batsmen are swinging heartily. He was named man of the match again in Hobart.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc has been the most improved player in the Australian team this summer. Not only is he taking wickets, but his ability to keep the run rate down has proven to be a match winner. Seven of Starc's last nine wickets have been bowled, showing how straight and full he is bowling. His economy rate in this match was 3.48, with his overall ODI rate being 4.86.
Fantasy AnalysisFiring yorkers in the opening and latter overs, Starc's pace was too much for the associate side. The result was 24 dot balls and one four allowed in six overs en route to a tidy 3.00 economy rate. With 10 wickets in his back pocket, Starc sits in a tie for second-most in the World Cup, which is supported by a 9.30 average and 3.87 runs yielded per over.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc figures of six for 28 were the second-best figures in World Cup history. Of his six scalps, four were bowled as he displayed a menacing streak, especially toward the tail-enders. Starc now has eight wickets in his two games this World Cup, at a stellar average of 9.38. This was also the second six-for that Starc has taken this year, previously getting six for 43 against India in January.
Fantasy AnalysisStarc got the early wicket of Moeen Ali in his first spell, and then came on toward the end of the English innings to collect the wicket of Stuart Broad. At the moment, Starc is in good form, taking 16 wickets from his last seven limited overs games. He has the ability to swing the ball both ways at pace and could prove a handful on Australian pitches.
Fantasy AnalysisIn some ways, Starc has been the surprise packet of the Australian One-Day summer. Criticised heavily in the media for his Test performance against India in early January, he started the ODI Tri-Series spectacularly and continued to take wickets of both India’s and England’s top order batsmen, totaling 12 in five matches. Starc has always been behind Mitchell Johnson in the Australian team as a left arm fast bowler but this season has played alongside Johnson with some success. However, if James Faulkner (abdomen) is fit, the Australian selectors may opt to avoid playing three left arm fast bowlers. Starc is also handy with the bat, coming in around No. 9, and can make a valuable contribution to the finishing overs of a run chase.