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Mitchell Starc overtakes Lillee, becomes 4th highest wickettaker in Test for AUS

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has overtaken legendary Dennis Lillee in the list of wicket-takers in Test cricket. Playing on Friday, 8 March in the second Test match against New Zealand, Starc picked the first wicket for Australia on Day 1 to go past Lillee in the all-time list.

With the wicket of opener Will Young – edged back to the slips – became Starc’s 355th scalp in Test cricket, propelling him to the fourth spot in the list of highest wicket-takers for Australia in Test cricket.

Starc also climbed the list in all-time highest wicket-takers in Test cricket and now stands in the 25th spot.

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The fast bowler has seen several highs and lows throughout his career and is possibly Australia’s most expendable Test bowler in the current. With Pat Cummins captaining the side in the red ball format and Josh Hazlewood being Australia’s most consistent bowler, Starc has often been dropped in overseas conditions. Despite making his debut in 2011, Starc has not yet played 100 Test matches.

On the day against New Zealand, Starc played second fiddle to Josh Hazlewood, who ran through the New Zealand batting line-up. At the time of writing Hazlewood picked four wickets, while Starc had three to his name. Having opted to bowl first at the Hagley Oval, Australia had managed to reduce the New Zealand side to just 140 runs for the loss of 8 wickets in 42 overs.

Australia have already won the first Test match in a dominating manner and would look to seal the Test series against their trans-Tasman rivals. The Pat Cummins side are the reigning World Test Champions and currently sit at a healthy No. 3 spot behind India and New Zealand in the WTC points table. The side has played 11 Test matches already in the Test cycle and have won 7, lost three and drawn one Test.

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In the new WTC cycle, Australia first drew England 2-2 in Ashes away from home, defeated Pakistan 3-0 at home and then drew 1-1 against West Indies in the home series.

Published By:

Kingshuk Kusari

Published On:

Mar 8, 2024

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