Australian Left Arm Fast Bowler Mitchell Starc became the first bowler in nearly 40 years and first tin Australia to claim two hat-tricks in the same first-class match. The unique feat is happened in Australia when he blasted out Western Australia’s last three batsmen to claim outright points for New South Wales against Western Australia at Hurstville Oval.  Although, he was wicket less in the 2nd innings, but he had Jason Behrendorff caught behind and then bowled David Moody with the last two balls of his 15th over, then returned to have Jon Wells caught at slip by the captain Steven Smith with the first ball of his 16th. This hat-trick followed another on day three of the Sheffield Shield match, when he had dismissed Behrendorff, Moody and Simon Mackin.

Mitchel Starc achievement was the first case since Amin Lakhani managed to do the same feat for a Combined XI against the Indian tourists in a match at Multan in 1978. So, overall only seven other bowlers have taken two hat-tricks in the same match, and only one Australian T.J. Matthews doing so against South Africa at Manchester in 1912. The Matthews’ feat is also the only time two hat-tricks have been taken by a bowler in the same Test match.

Mitchel Starc old-ball angle from around the wicket and reversing the ball away was fiendishly difficult to deal with for any batsman. It’s difficult for batters, let alone tail-enders. Hence to take two hat-tricks in a game is really amazing.  Captain Steve Smith said, I think he has probably taken a little more time to get going and get some rhythm. But the back end of today showed why he’s world-class. Therefore, the sheer vicious pace of Mitchel Starc to obliterate opposing tail enders are a great example of world class bowler. He’s such a wonderful bowler when he’s in full rhythm.

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Source: ESPN Cricinfo

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