Mitchell Starc became the first man to take two hat-tricks in the same first-class game in Australia, as he hit ominous form ahead of the Ashes Test series against England.
The left-arm paceman became only the eighth player in first-class cricket history — and the first in 39 years — to achieve the feat as he spearheaded New South Wales to victory over Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield on Tuesday (November 7).
Having removed Jason Behrendorff, David Moody and Simon Mackin in Western Australia’s first innings to complete his first career hat-trick, Starc then got both Behrendorff and Moody again off the final two deliveries of his 15th over.
Jono Wells then edged Starc on the first ball of his next over to Steven Smith at first slip to end the match.
Starc finished with the match figures of 7 for 97 in New South Wales’ 171-run victory.
He also took a career-best 8 for 73 for New South Wales against South Australia under lights at the Adelaide Oval, and looks in ominous touch ahead of the Ashes.
Australia take on England in the first of five Test matches in Brisbane, starting on November 23.
Jimmy Matthews, the former Australian leg-spinner, remains the only player to take two hat-tricks in a Test match, having done so against South Africa in Manchester in 1912.