Australia pacer Mitchell Starc set a new record for most wickets at a single World Cup when he had England’s Jonny Bairstow lbw in the semifinals at Edgbaston yesterday.
That gave the left-arm quick his 27th wicket of the 2019 tournament, breaking the record of 26 for a single edition he had previously shared with retired Australia paceman Glenn McGrath.
But barring a spectacular collapse, Starc’s strike looked like being a footnote in the match with England 124 for one in the 18th over chasing a victory target of 224.
Starc had equalled McGrath’s tally of 26 wickets during Australia’s last league game against South Africa -- with the scalps of J.P. Duminy and Dwaine Pretorius.
He also boasts the impressive stat of having taken a wicket in each of his World Cup games across two editions.