Starc grabs four as Rogers, White lift Vics

Mitchell Starc bends his back at the SCG on Thursday.IF MITCHELL Starc can pocket four wickets while still building to his top, imagine what he could do once he regains peak form.

That’s the glass half-full view of Starc’s latest performance in the first-class arena, but alternatively the left-armer can consider himself extremely fortunate to collect a similar bag against South Africa should he win the nod from selectors and reproduce his shield performance.

Starc was the least impressive of New South Wales’ four seamers on Thursday but it would come as a major surprise should he not be named by national selection chairman John Inverarity on Friday in Australia’s squad for the second Test in Adelaide next week.

A bowler’s job, however, is to get batsmen out and Starc has a penchant for taking wickets with the red or white ball, irrespective of the method. That was illustrated again at the SCG, where his 4-72 from nearly 23 overs restricted Victoria’s first innings lead to only 37 runs.

The Blues will resume their second innings on Friday on 3-184, leading by 147 and confident their highly rated pace attack can knock over Victoria a second time to snare outright points.

Starc bowled with more consistency on Thursday and though he was a long way from being the pick of the quicks, there can be no doubting the quality of the batsmen he dismissed.

After removing David Hussey on Wednesday, he returned 24 hours later to snare the big wicket of former Test players Chris Rogers and Cameron White.

Rogers had batted for six-and-a-quarter hours to make 125 and faced far more venomous deliveries than the short and wide offering from Starc, which he cut to David Dawson at deep point.

Starc’s dismissal of White was far more encouraging, enticing the Victorian skipper to play down the wrong line and feather a catch behind to Brad Haddin when on 72.

It was a welcome return to form for Australia’s former Twenty20 captain, who has been demoted to No. 7 in the Bushrangers’ order after a lean start to the summer.

Starc also claimed the wicket of No. 11 Louis Cameron, who was bowled for a duck in his debut shield innings.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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