Mitchell Starc | Watch: Infuriated Mitchell Starc throws bat after being denied opportunity to score first FC hundred
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- Mitchell Starc remained unbeaten on 86 as NSW took on Tasmania in Sheffield Shield
- Starc could’ve scored his first FC century had NSW captain not declared the innings
- Infuriated by the decision, Starc threw his bat and gloves as he reached the dugout
Mitchell Starc remains one of the most sought-after pace bowlers in world cricket but the Australian marksman was denied a rare opportunity to score his first-ever hundred in first-class cricket in a Sheffield Shiled match.
Out for New South Wales in the match against Tasmania, Starc remained unbeaten on 86 from 132 balls when his captain Peter Nevill declared the innings. NSW were 522/6, leading by 347 runs on Day 3 of the 4-day contest.
Understandably unhappy with the skipper’s decision to declare the linings, Starc was spotted throwing away his bat and gloves in disgust after reaching the dugout as he failed to get the opportunity to reach the three-figure mark.
Nevill, upon understanding that he had left the speedster frustrated, apologised to him and also explained why the decision had to be taken.
In the final session on the third day, NSW dismissed two Tasmanian batsmen before bagging the remaining 8 wickets the next day. In the end, Nevill’s men secured a 145-run victory.
“We had a bit of a chat about it,” said Nevill. “I did apologise to him as well. I’d have loved for him to get that milestone but the most important thing was us having a crack at them for 45 to 50 minutes or whatever it was last night.”
Nathan Lyon, another lower-order batsman and Starc’s international teammate, also sympathised with the pacer after being robbed of the opportunity to score a hundred in the match.
“I can tell you one thing, as one of my best mates, if we get close to a hundred like that they don’t come around very often,” Lyon told reporters.
“It’s unfortunate he didn’t get the opportunity – he would have liked one more to give it a crack. He supported Sabba [Sean Abbott] extremely well, but Starcy is the least selfish team man I’ve ever met. He’s always about the team and always wanting the team to win.”
Starc would be seen donning the Australia jersey later this month when the Aussies take on India in the 3-match ODI series, starting November 27.