Starc takes second hat-trick in same Sheffield Shield match

Mitchell Starc

(Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Starc claimed his second hat-trick of the match to lead New South Wales to a 171-run victory over Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield yesterday.

The 27-year-old, who will spearhead Australia’s attack against England in the Ashes series later this month, dismissed Jason Behrendorff and David Moody with the last two balls of his 15th over and Jon Wells with the first of his 16th.

Starc became the first bowler to take two hat-tricks in one first-class match since 1978 and it has only been done on seven previous occasions in the format.

The left-arm quick finished with seven wickets for the match while Josh Hazlewood, who is likely to open with Starc against England,

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