History in cricket has become temporary. Recently, Michel Starc added on to it. The Australian pacer became the first bowler since 1979 to take two hat-tricks in a single match. Starc became the eighth bowler (including domestic cricket) to achieve the feat. R.O. Jenkins, Amin Lakhani, T.J. Matthews, C.W.L. Parker, J.S. Rao, A. Shaw and A.E. Trott had also claimed two hat-tricks in the same match.
In his only other four-day game since returning, Starc took 10 wickets in the match, including 8-73 in the second innings, as NSW beat South Australia. The quick, who will spearhead Australia's attack when the series begins later this month, claimed the wickets of Jason Behrendorff, David Moody, and Simon Mackin in successive deliveries to end Western Australia's first innings.
Behrendorff and Mackin were bowled by trademark Starc yorkers in the four-day match at Hurstville Oval while Moody was adjudged lbw trying to defend another.
“They are taking the Mickey out of me for cleaning up the tail again but someone has to do it. So it was good fun,” said Starc. “I’m pretty sure they all know where it is going and they all keep missing it so I will keep bowling it for now. I was pretty happy with my rhythm yesterday and today.”
The Ashes will begin from 23rd November at the Gabba in Brisbane and Australia’s squad for the series is expected to be announced after the round of Sheffield Shield matches is completed.