Mitchell Starc faces injury scare with a cut knee and blood around
Mitchell Starc came back soon after with a patched-up knee.
Updated - Nov 24, 2017 11:48 am
Australian cricket fans had their heart in their mouth when pacer Mitchell Starc had to leave the field. On the 2nd day’s play of the 1st Ashes Test match at the Gabba in Brisbane, Starc cut his knee in a bizarre incident with Shaun Marsh. In the 95th over of the England innings, Marsh’s spike stepped on Starc, as both converged on a ball at deep square leg.
Their legs got struck and it was the same injury probe leg of Starc. It tore Starc’s pant, with a bit of blood too around. But he came back quickly with a patched-up knee. The Australian pace spearhead went on to take the wicket of Dawid Malan soon, as a short ball found Malan trying.
Pacers restrict England to 302
Starc and co. restricted England to 302, with the pacer picking three wickets for 77 runs in his 28 overs. Pat Cummins also scalped three and ended with figures of 3/85. He got the prized wicket of skipper Joe Root, by trapping his pads. “I think it went in a puddle and it got drenched,” Cummins said.
“It was reversing a bit before that and to reverse it you normally need a pretty dry ball and I think it opened up a little bit (after it got wet).The next ball swung a little bit so it wasn’t too bad. In terms of a fast bowler’s wicket, it’s pretty much the dream wicket and one of the most satisfying I’ve ever got,” he said.
“If the ball is swinging, to set him up with a couple of overs without swing and then try and bowl one big in-swinger, it probably only comes off one in a hundred times.But when it does it’s a pretty special wicket and fortunately, it was their captain, so I couldn’t have been happier with that.” said an excited Cummins.