Starc feels it will be ‘humbling’ to level Lillee’s scalps. Mitchell Starc dismiss Alick Athanaze to complete 350 wickets in Test cricket on Day 1 of the second Test against the West Indies.
Star Australian left-arm seamer Mitchell Starc reached a career milestone on Day 1 of the second Test against the West Indies at The Gabba in Brisbane, taking 350 wickets in Tests. The 33-year-old entered the game with 348 scalps and picked up his first wicket of the day in his fifth over, catching Tagenarine Chanderpaul (21 off 48) at second slip.
He struck again in his following over, dismissing Alick Athanaze (8 off 22) by forcing him to edge one straight to wicketkeeper Alex Carey. As a result, the speedster took his 350th Test wicket in his 87th game. Reflecting on his milestone at the end of the day’s play, Starc indicated that he will think about it once he has hung up his boots and disclosed that Nathan Lyon requested him to pick another 150.
“Numbers are good; it’s something else to think about when I’m done. Still have some wickets to take. It’s great to have an effect today, but let’s move beyond that.ESPNCricinfo quoted Starc as adding, “Gaz [Lyon] said there’s another 150 to go.
Starc has passed the 350-wicket barrier and is now just three wickets away. From matching famous Australian seamer Dennis Lillee’s tally of 355 wickets. Making him Australia’s second-highest wicket-taker among seamers and fourth-highest overall.
When asked about matching Lillee’s numbers, Starc said it would be humbling. His emphasis remains on bringing up 20 wickets in the current game and winning for Australia.
“They are all great things to tick off and incredibly humbling [to be so close to Lillee], but we’ll deal with it when it happens. We need 20 wickets to win, and we’ll all reflect on [the landmarks] once we’re done, sitting around with a beer on a golf course. At the moment, we’re just enjoying our cricket as a bunch,” he said.
Mitchell Starc finished the day with figures of 4/68
After dismissing Chanderpaul and Athanaze early on, the 33-year-old went on to dismiss Justin Greaves and a well-set Kavem Hodge (71 off 194) before finishing with 4/68 in 20 overs. Meanwhile, West Indies concluded the day at 266/8 after 89.4 overs, with Kevin Sinclair (16* off 37) at the crease.
The visitors were initially reduced to 64/5 following Starc’s opening spell. A 149-run partnership between Kavem Hodge and Joshua Da Silva (79 off 157) enabled them post a decent score.