Cricket World Player of the Week - Mitchell Starc
With a 9-wicket match haul in the first Test against New Zealand, Mitchell Starc has now climbed to the fifth spot in the ICC World Test Championship wicket charts with 27 scalps from just four matches at an average of 17.07.
Mitchell Starc got to play only one Test in the Ashes after a sensational World Cup. It must have been a tough call for the Aussie management to bench him. However, the rationale given by Tim Paine and Justin Langer was that Starc was working on perfecting his length for the longest format.
Working on his game in the nets and a few tweaks in the Sheffield Shield Trophy have really helped him to return to his classic best. The left-arm pacer was by far the highest wicket-taker in the two-match Test series against Pakistan and bagged 14 wickets.
And another two!— ICC (@ICC) December 15, 2019
Australia have taken wickets in four consecutive overs ?? pic.twitter.com/XLNtemTEAh
Despite a tougher opposition in New Zealand, Starc's figures show no difference. He claimed a 5-wicket haul in the first innings of the Perth Test. Notably, his economy - which has been a major issue for him - was also under three. In the second innings as well, when the team was one bowler short in the form of Josh Hazlewood, Starc stepped up to the plate with a 4-wicket haul.
He has now climbed to the fifth spot in the ICC World Test Championship wicket charts with 27 scalps from just four matches at an average of 17.07 and a strike rate of 32.3, including two 5-wicket hauls.
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