Australian pacer Mitchell Starc was visibly upset and didn’t take the decision of his captain to declare an innings too well during the ongoing Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Tasmania on Tuesday here in Adelaide.
New South Wales began the match terribly as they got all out for a mere 62 runs on Day1. Mitchell Starc was the top scorer with the bat which was a rarity. He scored 18 off 22 in a total of 62 and then came back with a wicket in his bowling innings. When New South Wales began their second innings they were in a bit of bother but Nick Larkin and Moises Henriques smashed centuries to rescue them. Then lower order batters Sean Abbot and Mitchell Starc built a good partnership which put the New South Wales ahead.
When Mitchell Starc’s partner reached his century, New South Wales captain Peter Neville decided to declare the innings and send in the Tasmanians to bat out and survive a tricky little period of 13 overs at the end of Day 3. But paceman Mitchell Starc was furious with the decision as he was left stranded on 86 not out. The southpaw went beyond the boundary line and hurled his bat and gloves in frustration which was caught on cameras. Watch the video posted in Cricket Australia’s Twitter account.
One can understand the frustration and the way Mitchell Starc reacted to the declaration because that meant that Mitchell Starc has to miss out on his maiden first class century. He has so far played 103 games for Australia and New South Wales combined but is yet to score a century. His previous best score was 99 which came against India back in 2013.
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