Aussie outcast makes a statement
Mitchell Starc has continued his wicket-taking spree by claiming 10 for the match for NSW against Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield win in Sydney.
The left-arm quick took the only remaining wicket on Monday morning to end Tasmania’s second innings on 140, leaving NSW just 45 runs for victory on the final morning.
Starc finished with figures of 5/20 from his 19.5 overs, to go with his haul of 5/40 in the first innings.
The wickets will likely all but confirm his return to Australia’s Test team next month against Pakistan, after being dropped for the majority of the Ashes. Starc missed the first three Tests against England, was recalled for Australia’s win in the fourth Test at Old Trafford then was dropped again for the series finale at The Oval.
But he rediscovered the form that once made him an automatic selection in the Aussie pace battery, taking the first four wickets on Sunday afternoon as he had the ball reversing late in the day.
It is just the fourth time Starc has taken 10 wickets in a match and set up an easy victory for the Blues.
The home side flew to 0/36 inside seven overs before opener Daniel Hughes fell for a quickfire 25, then first innings century-maker Steve Smith was LBW for two.
But David Warner (15 not out) and Moises Henriques (four not out) guided NSW to a second consecutive outright win after defeating Queensland in its first Shield match of the season.
Mitchell Starc was in fine form.Source:AAP
Meanwhile, Test batsman Marnus Labuschagne steered Queensland to a four-wicket win over South Australia at the Gabba.
Chasing a victory target of just 150, the Bulls resumed on day four at 5/102 but quickly lost wicketkeeper Jimmy Peirson for 27.
Labuschagne ensured there were no more anxious moments for Queensland, guiding the hosts to 6/150 and an outright victory with an unbeaten 72. It was a timely reminder to selectors from Labuschagne — who also hit a solid 32 in the first dig — before the first Test against Pakistan starting in Brisbane on November 21.
Labuschagne stood tall after the Bulls suffered a horror collapse late on Sunday, losing five wickets in 14 balls. He shared a 62-run sixth wicket stand with Peirson while Redbacks quick Nick Winter finished with 4/37.
Marnus Labuschagne picked up where he left off in the Ashes.Source:Getty Images
Bulls skipper Usman Khawaja went for a golden duck during Sunday’s stunning collapse following a first innings knock of just two.
Australian vice-captain Travis Head also failed again before South Australia’s tail wagged earlier on Sunday to set Queensland 150 for the win. After a first innings duck, Head did not further his chances of a Test recall when caught driving for just 12 off 28 balls.
Both he and Khawaja were dropped during the Ashes and will be ruing missed opportunities to press their claims for a return to the national team. Head scored a gritty 51 against Victoria in the opening Shield game of the season but will feel he failed to cash in during a clash which saw four centuries and two double tons scored between both sides.
Khawaja made a cracking start to the summer in the one-day format for Queensland, piling on two hundreds in two games but he has mustered just 27 runs in four innings in the whites.
With Scott Bailey, Laine Clark, AAP