New South Wales Blues fast bowler Mitchell Starc has claimed five wickets, including his 150th in One-Day Internationals, during a 15-run victory for Australia over the West Indies at the Men’s ICC World Cup on Thursday in England.
The left-arm quick claimed 5-46 from his 10 overs at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. He became the fastest to take 150 One-Day International wickets, in terms of matches played, and 10th Australian bowler to reach that milestone.
Starc claimed his 150th wicket in his 77th match passing former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq who did it in 78 matches. He now has 151 scalps at an average of 21.09.
The 29-year-old helped restrict the West Indies to 9/273 in defence of 288. It was the sixth five-wicket haul of his One-Day International career.
The other Blues to achieve the feat of 150 One-Day International wickets are Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Steve Waugh, Nathan Bracken and Shane Watson.
McGrath and Lee are tied at the top of the all-time list for Australia with 380 scalps each.
Starc said he felt really good at the bowling crease.
“That rhythm is starting to feel really good and the things I’ve been working on the last few months are really coming to fruition. It’s a huge positive for me,” Starc said.
The five-wicket haul for Starc included the dangerous Chris Gayle (21 from 17) and West Indian captain, allrounder Jason Holder (51 from 57), who was his 150th wicket.
He claimed the final four wickets to fall, including three crucial scalps in seven balls during the 46th and 48th over, when the West Indies were gaining momentum.
Blues batsman, and international super star, Steve Smith was the glue that held the Australian innings together. He made 73 from 103 balls to steer Australia out of trouble at 4-38 in the eighth over.
His consolidation laid the platform for Nathan Coulter-Nile to go berserk later in the 50 overs.
The powerful Western Australian fast bowling allrounder smashed 92 from just 60 balls including four sixes. It was the highest score by a No. 8 in World Cup history.
Starc opened the bowling with fellow Blues paceman Pat Cummins, who collected 2-41 from his 10, including the top-scorer for the West Indies wicketkeeper-batsman Shai Hope (68).
Australia remain undefeated at the World Cup after two matches and registered its 10th successive One-Day International victory.