Australia bowler Mitchell Starc breaks World Cup record during England semi-final clash

Mitchell Starc has been one of the stars of the Cricket World Cup (Picture: Getty)

Mitchell Starc has secured the record for the most wickets taken at a single World Cup after claiming his 27th scalp during Australia’s semi-final against England.

Left-armer Starc has been one of the stars of this World Cup and took 26 wickets in his first nine outings to help Australia qualify for the semi-finals with two group matches to spare.

After opening his campaign with figures of 1-31 against Afghanistan, the 29-year-old claimed his first five-wicket haul of the tournament in Australia’s second match against West Indies.

Starc struggled in Australia’s defeat to India but recovered to take a further eight wickets in the victories over Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Glenn McGrath’s World Cup record has been broken (Picture: Getty)

Australia’s opening bowler then ripped through England’s formidable batting order with figures of 4-43 at Lord’s, before taking another five-wicket haul against New Zealand and adding two more to his tally against South Africa.

Starc took 22 wickets in eight matches during the 2015 World Cup and surpassed that tally with at least two matches remaining and possibly three, if defending champions Australia reach the final.

By dismissing England’s Jonny Bairstow at Edgbaston on Thursday, Starc broke the record for the most wickets taken at a World Cup tournament, which was previously held by Glenn McGrath.

McGrath, at the age of 37, claimed 26 scalps at the 2007 World Cup, which beat the previous record of 23 from Chaminda Vaas.

Starc has helped Australia cruise into the semi-finals (Picture: Getty)

Starc, who now boasts 49 World Cup scalps, still has a way to go to beat McGrath’s overall tally of 71, which he achieved from 39 games.

Asked about the prospect of surpassing McGrath, Starc said following Australia’s 86-run victory over New Zealand last week: ‘Records don’t mean much if we don’t win the World Cup.

‘I’m just stoked to be playing a part in this group and to be contributing to the team’s success.’

Australia, the most successful team in World Cup history, won the last tournament on home soil in 2015.


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