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Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc created history during the second semi-final of the ongoing 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after becoming the most wicket-taker in a single CWC edition. During this match, Starc broke the record of former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath.
On Thursday (11th July), during the second semi-final of this tournament, the defending champions Australia suffered a thrashing eight-wicket defeat against the hosts England. After winning the toss, Australia scored 223 runs (49 overs) before losing their all wickets. English batsmen comfortably chased down that target (226/2) as they reached that target in 32.1 overs after losing two wickets.
Australian pacer Mitchell Starc is the most wicket-taker in this tournament. However, he was not in his touch during this crucial semi-final. The left-arm pacer was very expensive in that match as he had the bowling figures of 9-0-70-1. His only wicket of this match was the English opener Jonny Bairstow (34 runs) as Starc trapped him for the lbw. After the openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow put a 124-run partnership for the first wicket, Starc dismissed Bairstow.
With that wicket, Starc became the most wicket-taker in a CWC edition. It was his 27th wicket in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Former Australian right-arm pacer Glenn McGrath was the previous record holder as he took 26 wickets in 2007 CWC.
In the ongoing 2019 CWC, Bangladesh left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman is the second most wicket-taker as he bagged 20 wickets in this tournament. English pacer Jofra Archer is in the third position with 19 wickets in this tournament.
Mitchell Starc has taken 49 wickets in his CWC career
On the other hand, Starc has taken 49 wickets in his 18 CWC matches. In this CWC edition, Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga became the fastest bowler to claim 50 CWC wickets as he completed this feat in 26 CWC matches. So, the 29-year-old Starc had a chance to break this record in this semi-final, but he failed to achieve that. Now, Starc has to wait for the next CWC edition to break this record.
According to the present schedule, India will organise the next Cricket World Cup in 2023.