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Australia captain Pat Cummins praises Mitchell Starc as pacemaker joins 300-stroke Test club | Cricket News


Australia captain Pat Cummins full praise Mitchell’s star as the healthy left-arm tempo joined the 300 wickets club on Sunday in their first Test win over South Africa.
Starc made the milestone by bowling with Rassie van der Dussen for a yorker branded duck swinging a stick that slashed through number three’s stick and pad and sent Gabba the crowd went wild before lunch on the second day.
The 32-year-old pointed to the crowd as he jogged down the pitch to be surrounded by teammates.
Eleven years after his debut against New Zealand in BrisbaneStarc became the seventh Australian to make 300 pitches in the Test, alongside Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, teammates Nathan Lyon, Dennis Lillee and Mitchell Johnson.
“He kept impressing,” Cummins said after Australia completed a six-stroke win over the Proteas in two days.

“Long time to hit 300 shots over 10 years — I think he just kept going to new heights. You’ve seen him (bowling) around the racket, looping the ball. That’s it. a new skill for him. Absolutely huge member of our team and he just keeps getting better and better.”
Starc ended the game with five goals, including knocking out Temba Bavuma 38 in the first half, which broke a 98-round partnership with Kyle Verreynne and caused a collapse poured by Proteas with the score 152.
Starc was supposed to hit his 300th shot on day one when he let Kagiso Rabada hit Travis Head, but the Australian No 5 juggled and missed his catch, causing the crowd to scream.
Starc said Head was the first to congratulate him on Sunday after bowling Van der Dussen.
“Great, very honored. I’ll think about that later but it’s nice to get a Test racket,” the pitcher added. “Obviously the last 18 months to two years have been probably some of the best check crickets I played. So hopefully that can continue.”

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