New South Wales Blues fast bowler Mitchell Starc created a new record for most wickets at an ICC Men’s World Cup, and David Warner was one run shy of being equal leading run-scorer, as the Australian campaign concluded on Thursday.
Starc claimed one wicket in the semi-final loss to England at Edgbaston taking him to 27 scalps at an average of 18.59. It took him past the previous best of 26 set by great Australian and Blues paceman Glenn McGrath in 2007.
Warner is the second leading run-scorer at the World Cup with the final to come between England and New Zealand on Sunday at Lord’s. The Blues opener amassed 647 runs at 71.88, one run behind Indian opening batsman Rohit Sharma.
It was the second most runs compiled by an Australian batsman at a World Cup. Matthew Hayden scored 659 during the 2007 World Cup triumph.
Starc is currently seven clear as the leading wicket taker. Second is Bangladeshi left-arm seamer Mustafizur Rahman with 20 wickets.
Spearhead for the Australian attack throughout the World Cup, Starc claimed two five wicket hauls, and four or more wickets on four occasions.
Starc now sits equal fifth on the all-time list of leading wicket takers at World Cups with 49 across two World Cups.
Legendary Sri Lankan swing bowler Chaminda Vaas claimed the same number over four World Cups. McGrath leads the way with 71.
Starc’s best figures came against New Zealand at Lord’s during Australia’s second last preliminary match. He collected 5-26 from 9.4 overs in the 86-run win.
Warner hit three centuries during the tournament. His 122 against South Africa at Old Trafford, in the final preliminary match, also took him to No. 3 on the list of most One-Day International centuries by an Australian batsman.
It was his 17th One-Day International hundred passing Adam Gilchrist with 16. Only Blues great Mark Waugh, 18, and Ricky Ponting with an extraordinary 29, have posted more centuries than Warner.
Warner’s highest score of the World Cup came against Bangladesh during the 48-run victory at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. He made 166 from 147 deliveries.
Super star batsman Steve Smith also enjoyed a solid return to International cricket during the World Cup. The prodigious right-hander scored 379 runs at 37.9 including four half-centuries.
Blues paceman Pat Cummins returned 14 wickets, while off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed his maiden World Cup wicket during his tournament debut.
Attention now turns to the upcoming Ashes series against England for the five NSW players with all expected to be part of that Test squad.