Australia’s Mitchell Starc became only the second bowler to take a wicket of the first delivery of an Ashes series. The speedster clean bowled Rory Burns on the 1st ball of the 1st Ashes Test at the Gabba, Brisbane. Starc dished out an inswinging yorker at the base of leg stump and Burns tried to flick the ball on the leg side. However, Burns lost his shape and fell over a bit on the off-side. The ball tailed back in and smashed Burns’ leg stump.

The last bowler to do so was Australia’s Ernie McCormick. He dismissed England’s Stan Worthington for a first-ball duck in the first Test of the series in December 1936. Interestingly, that was match was also played in Brisbane.

This was quite a statement from Starc especially after his place in the playing XI was in question. Before the start of the series, Legendary spinner Shane Warne urged selectors to pick Jhye Richardson ahead of Starc in the Gabba Test. Watch big bash live streaming here.

Starc has had a disappointing 12 months in the national team, dating back to last summer’s Test series against India. The left arm-pacer picked only 11 wickets in 4 Tests at an average of 40.72. He also had an underwhelming T20 WC in the UAE and Oman where he picked 9 wickets at 27.55. He leaked 60 of his overs in the final against New Zealand. But dropping him for an Ashes series was always going to be a dangerous prospect.

No other bowler becomes as lethal as Starc when the ball starts swinging and ex-Australian pacer Brett Lee very well knew that.

“A lot of people are calling for (Starc’s) head on the chopping block,” Lee told SEN. “I’m not going down that road. Mitchell Starc can produce an incredible Ashes series if he can get the ball to swing back at 150km/h, which he’s very, very capable of,” he concluded.

Warne unimpressed by Starc’s first ball beauty

Warne has long been a critic of Starc, publicly slamming the quick’s body language some years ago and stating he’s “nowhere” when he expressed reservations about Australia’s Ashes lineup earlier this month.

The delivery from the skiddy left-arm bowler didn’t impress Warne, who thought it was completely Burns’ fault that he got out off a ball that most others would have clipped through the leg for a boundary.

One could hear just how Warne felt about Starc’s delivery in an exchange filmed from the live stream by Fox Cricket.

“I don’t think there was any swing was there? There was no swing,” said Warne. But fellow commentator Steve Waugh was quick to correct him: “It just swings back late”.

The hawkeye and ball tracker, like Waugh, refuted Warne’s assessment of the delivery. The technology confirmed that the ball did deviate just enough in the air and came back in sharply.

Starc has now taken a wicket in the opening over of a Test match for the 13th time since the start of 2014. It puts him ahead of England’s James Anderson in the chart over the same period. In the same time frame, he has struck 19 times in ODIs, far more than second-placed Lasith Malinga. Here’s quick guide of cricket betting tips app for you to download.

Pat Cummins breaks plethora of records on his captaincy debut


Pat Cummins got off to a dream start as Australia’s Test captain, taking 5-wickets in the first innings of the 1st Ashes Test against England at the Gabba. England were skittled out for 147 in the first two sessions of the series opener, with Cummins taking 5/38.

Cummins took over as Australia’s Test captain from Tim Paine before the much-anticipated Ashes series at home, and it was a baptism of fire for him. However, he showed no indications of anxiety as he went about his business as Australia’s strike bowler.

Cummins bowled 13.1 overs and scalped 5 wickets which included the price wicket of Ben Stokes. In fact, Stokes was Cummins’ first Test wicket as Australia’s captain, who was squared up by a ball that bounced a little higher and left the left-hander. Notably, it was his first five-for against England in Tests.

In the process, Cummins became only the second Australian captain to pick a 5-wicket haul in his maiden Test as captain, following George Giffen in 1984. Cummins also became the first skipper since Bob Willis in 1982 to take five wickets in an Ashes Test.

Cummins and Co have put Australia in a commanding position and it’s now time for the batters to capitalize and hopefully bat England out of the match. Check our latest cricket betting tips.

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