Ashes Test Series: Ricky Ponting appreciated Mitchell Starc’s penchant for consistently delivering early breakthroughs across all formats. Mitchell handed Australia the perfect start. At The Gabba by dismissed Rory Burns in the very first delivery of the contest. Also, Starc’s place in the playing XI was under threat given his poor form. And then Jhye Richardson’s rising popularity in the Australian cricketing circle. Richardson put those talks to rest after recording figures of 2-35 in the first innings.
“Mitchell Starc has been the subject of some criticism, but that’s what he does: he takes wickets with the new ball. Whether it’s a red or a white ball, he’s a wicket-taking machine if he gets it right,” Ricky Ponting said.
Ashes Test Series: Furthermore, Starc has evolved into an all-format bowler. Since making his debut for the national team a decade ago. He is the fastest bowler to claim 150 ODI wickets. And has been a vital cog in the Australian pace bowling unit. Also, his credentials in red-ball cricket might have dipped in the recent past. But he is still devastatingly good with the new ball and at reversing the old ball.
Aside from Starc’s prowess in the first inning. Most cricket fans are familiar with it. Also, his dismissal of Brendon McCullum in the 2015 World Cup final’s first over. And it set the tone for an Australian win. Rory Burns’ dismissal in the first over of a test match marks the 13th time Starc has dismissed a batsman in the first over of a match.
Ashes Test Series: Lastly, the left-arm seamer was able to swing the new ball successfully. He was able to take advantage of Rory Burns’ early movement flaws. With a late swinging delivery, he bowled him around the legs at the crease. He was given a short first spell before captain Pat Cummins brought himself into the attack. Also, his second wicket came in the form of Jos Buttler. The wicket-keeper batsman played a crucial counter-attacking inning to get the England innings back on track.