If England didn't already know about how strong Australia's attack is, Mitchell Starc sent out a reminder with two hat-tricks in one Sheffield Shield game. The man whose role Starc hopes to emulate in the Ashes led the plaudits for the incredible feat.
Seriously 2 hat tricks in the same game @mstarc56 Now time to rip in to the poms— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) 7 November 2017
Before his double-hat-trick this week, Starc took a career-best 8-73 in the second innings of his previous Shield game.
Mitchell Starc looks like a 22 year old playing in the Under 15s competition the way he has dominated the first two shield games.— Rodney Hogg (@RMHogg) 7 November 2017
England commentators looked to play down Starc's red-hot form.
Others set even higher targets for Starc.
Much higher targets.
Well bowled @mstarc56 but Albert Trott took 4 in 4 and 3 in 3 in the same innings - of his own benefit match in 1907.— Benedict Bermange (@Benedict_B) 7 November 2017