Mitchell Starc, Australia’s pace spearhead, sent out a warning to England’s batsmen with a hat-trick for New South Wales in a Sheffield Shield match in Sydney on Monday (November 6).
Starc, the left-arm quick, ripped through the Western Australia tail, first bowling Jason Behrendorff, then trapping David Moody leg before wicket before scattering the stumps of Simon Mackin with consecutive deliveries.
Starc finished with 4 for 56 from 20 overs to go with his career-best haul of 8 for 73 against South Australia at Adelaide Oval late last month.
It capped an impressive domestic match for Starc and Josh Hazlewood, Australia’s two Test strike bowlers.
So… Mitchell Starc just did THIS in the Sheffield Shield 😳
— Cricket Network (@CricketNetwork) November 6, 2017
Hazlewood took 3 for 13 on the way to figures of 3 for 24 in Western Australia’s first innings of 176.
Starc and Hazlewood are expected to share the new ball in the opening Test of the Ashes series against England in Brisbane, starting on November 23. Both of them missed Australia’s last assignment, a limited-overs tour to India in September-October. Starc had also not travelled to Bangladesh for a two-Test series in August-September which the teams split 1-1.