New South Wales Blues left-arm quick Mitchelll Starc has yet again stamped himself on the ICC Men’s World Cup with another match-defining performance for Australia in its 64-run win over England, at Lord’s, London on Tuesday.
In tandem with West Australian left-arm pace bowler Jason Behrendorff (5-44), Starc claimed 4-43 from 8.4 overs to book a place in the semi-finals, despite two matches still remaining for Australia.
England was dismissed for 221 in the 45th over after Australia posted 7/285 from its 50 overs highlighted by a century to captain Aaron Finch with 100 from 116 balls.
His four wickets sent Starc to the top of the wicket takers list for the World Cup. He has collected 19 scalps at an average of 18.26, three clear of England speedster Jofra Archer.
Starc unleashed his trademark yorker to dismiss danger man Ben Stokes, who made 89 from 115. An almost unplayable delivery, at the toes, tailed away late and cannoned into off stump to all but end any hope of an England victory with 13 overs remaining.
The tournament hosts were 6/177 at that point. Starc also claimed the key wickets of Joe Root (8) and English captain Eoin Morgan (4) within the first six overs.
Starc became the second Australian to take more than 40 wickets at World Cups. He joined the great Australian and Blues paceman Glenn McGrath, who claimed 71.
In his two appearances at the tournament, Starc has 41 wickets to his name at 13.92.
Blues opener David Warner (53 from 61) also scored his 500th run for the World Cup in the win over England. He is the leading run-scorer at the tournament with 500 runs at 83.33; four clear of opening partner Finch.
The opening pair combined for their third century stand of the tournament adding 123 from 136 deliveries.
International super star batsman Steve Smith also made a handy 38 from 34 late in the innings.
The win at Lord’s puts Australia one point clear of New Zealand at the top of the table.
Australia plays New Zealand at Lord’s on Saturday followed by South Africa at Old Trafford seven days later.