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Starc helps Sixers win rain-hit Sydney derby

Andrew Fuss

January 8, 2012

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16 overs Sydney Sixers 7 for 117 (Rohrer 38) beat Sydney Thunder 4 for 29 (Starc 3-17) by 17 runs by D/L Method
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A lethal spell of swing bowling from Mitchell Starc led the Sydney Sixers to a 17-run win in a rain-affected game over cross-town rivals Sydney Thunder at Stadium Australia.

Starc, who has been added to the Australian Test squad for Perth next week against India, showed why he's rated so highly, by destroying the Thunder's top order, narrowly missing out on a hat-trick on his way to 3 for 17.

Brett Lee bowled brilliantly in tandem with Starc, the veteran quick claiming the vital wicket of Chris Gayle for a duck.

With five overs required to constitute a match, the early stages of the Thunder's chase was always going to be vital and the par score was well above the 4 for 29 they finished on when the match was called off.

Earlier, Fidel Edwards used the moist conditions to his advantage, swinging and seaming his way through a dangerous four-over spell to start the match. The Sixers middle order then collapsed, losing 4 for 6 in the space of just two overs, including a rare diamond duck to Dominic Thornely.

Ben Rohrer led a lower order fightback, smashing four boundaries and a six before the allrounder Sean Abbott claimed him for 38 (off 24 balls). Edwards was the pick of the bowlers, claiming 1 for 21 off his four overs while fellow West Indian Gayle was miserly, conceding just 18 runs off his three overs.

The Sixers move into the top four with a key away clash against the Adelaide Strikers on Tuesday to determine their finals' fate. The Thunders host Perth Scorchers on Wednesday in a must-win game if they are to make the finals.

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Posted by kempy21 on (January 9, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Why is Starc being considered for the Test team on the back of T20 results? I understand that there is no other cricket for him to play in Australia right now but seriously. He shows PROMISE at the moment and that's about it. He has 54 first class wickets at an average of 34.18 and 2 5 wicket hauls. Hardly beating down the door with outstanding form and record. He looked positively pedestrian against New Zealand. There are many other bowlers that remain in front of him: Ryan Harris, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins (when fit). Heck even Dan Christian is handier with the ball than Starc. I hate to play this record again, but if he wasn't from NSW he wouldn't even be getting a look in right now.

Posted by kempy21 on (January 9, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

Why is Starc being considered for the Test team on the back of T20 results? I understand that there is no other cricket for him to play in Australia right now but seriously. He shows PROMISE at the moment and that's about it. He has 54 first class wickets at an average of 34.18 and 2 5 wicket hauls. Hardly beating down the door with outstanding form and record. He looked positively pedestrian against New Zealand. There are many other bowlers that remain in front of him: Ryan Harris, Ben Cutting, Pat Cummins (when fit). Heck even Dan Christian is handier with the ball than Starc. I hate to play this record again, but if he wasn't from NSW he wouldn't even be getting a look in right now.

Posted by HatsforBats on (January 9, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

@ Meety, agree with Faulkner, I think he's one of the best prospects in Australia and agree on Beer (we can all thank Warney for that experriment). Cutting & Coulter-Nile have a few years on Starc so no harm in giving them first crack, so far they have excellent performances to back them up, but my worry is that they've both had a couple of injury concerns (good to see Nile back). Starc definitely has a fine bowling action, to me he looks how Johnson should look.

Posted by jkaussie on (January 9, 2012, 1:06 GMT)

@steven andrews...what a load of rubbish. A 6'6" left armer with a high arm and great seam position is a fantastic prospect. People like you who expect perfection from the start and perfection in every spell are unrealistic. Against NZ he was raw at test level, no doubt, but the fact that he pinged players 3 times who looked to leave shows that has what it takes. The consistency will come with experience.

Posted by HatsforBats on (January 9, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

@ Steven Andrews; nice of you to write off a 21yr old kid for taking wickets. Did you watch the game? Starc bowled some absolute peahes! He's got loads of potential; try and think about what he could be like in a few years with another 100 shield wickets worth of experience. He didn't bowl well against NZ but he wouldn't have even played if Cutting hadn't injured himself. With his left arm angle, the ability to swing the ball, and able to bowl over 145kph, I'd hardly say "he has nothing".

Posted by Meety on (January 9, 2012, 0:43 GMT)

@Steven Andrews - whilst I rate Cutting & Faulkner very highly (& ahead of Starc) - I disagree that Starc is the most overrated bowler in Oz. That honour would go to Beer. Anyways, IMO Starc is a great prospect, a little unlucky at times against NZ, a little wayward too. Superficially a lot like a certain otherarm pacer who does well at the WACA, BUT, he has a better action which IMO means he can correct little quirks & refine his game to a higher level. I don't think it does any good bagging a young bloke on the way thru! @HatsforBats - me thinks it was nerves. I'd of preferred Coulter-Nile or Cutting.

Posted by   on (January 9, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Wow Starc takes 3 20/20 wickets in a shortened game where the batsman are pushing to score. he will be a hopeless test match player, mark my words. Most over rated bowler in australia. When players dont need to play (Tests), he has nothing. Faulkner and Cutting is 10 times better then he is.

Posted by HatsforBats on (January 8, 2012, 21:53 GMT)

Bowling like this (full, swinging, zippy) is what put Starc in the test side. So why did he suddenly start bowling short of a length against NZ? Nerves? Still a great long-term prospect...can you imagine, Starc, Cummins, Pattinson? All capable of swinging it at 145-150kph. We need our young batsmen to step up now.

Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (January 8, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

Can,t judge starc on the basis of one t20 performance

Posted by jonesy2 on (January 8, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

starc harris hilfenhaus siddle four man pace attack should blow the indians away at the waca. lyon will be the unlucky lad, hard to leave him out though

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