Exciting to find new ways to win: Starc
Nottingham, June 7 : Lead pacer Mitchell Starc said Australia finding “new ways to win” is exciting after his team staged a spectacular recovery to beat the West Indies in the World Cup here.
The West Indies once again shone with the new ball to reduce Australia to 38/4, yet the reigning champions eventually recovered to post 288 batting first, thanks largely to Nathan Coulter-Nile’s 92, a World Cup record for a number eight.
It seemed that wouldn’t be enough when the West Indies piled on the partnerships, with both Shai Hope and Holder scoring fifties as they entered the last ten overs needing 68 to win and four wickets remaining.
But Australia came roaring back with Starc at the forefront to take 5/46, helping his side to their second win of the competition.
“We haven’t played awesome cricket in that game, we played well in patches but we can get better in all three areas of the game. It’s exciting to find new ways to win, Coults played very well to get us to a competitive total,” said Starc here on Thursday.
“You always have to be confident in those situations, it was touch and go for a while. We always had the belief, there is lots of good bowling in our line-up and we were only a couple of wickets away. But then they were only a few sixes away.”
Starc himself earned plenty of plaudits, unsurprising given the five-wicket haul that lit up Nottingham.
Those scalps included set batsmen Holder and Andre Russell, who had threatened to take the West Indies home with 68 needed from 60 balls, though trapping opener Chris Gayle lbw proved the major early blow.
At 29, the left-armer boasts plenty of ODI cricket and with the memories of the last World Cup still fresh in his mind, the experience of victory four years ago seems to be paying dividends.
“I was confident of defending that total. I’m pretty clear and calm in my approach, hopefully that’s a sign that even when games are in the balance, I can stay calm,” said Starc, who was named Player of the Tournament in 2015 after taking 22 wickets.
“The experience of four years ago plays a part but for guys who can bowl at the death we have a lot of options. I’ve had some good battles with Chris (Gayle), we know he’s a major weapon for them… He’s a man who looks for boundaries so it was nice to get him out.”
Starc fastest to 150 ODI wickets
NOTTINGHAM: Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Starc became the fastest to 150 wickets in One-day Internationals on way to his match-winning five-wicket haul against the West Indies in the World Cup in Nottingham.
Starc’s sixth five-wicket haul derailed West Indies’ chase in their World Cup tie at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
His figures of five for 44 guided Australia to a 15-run win over the West Indies.
Starc surpassed Pakistan great Saqlain Mushtaq to the fastest to 150 wickets. The Australian achieved the milestone in 77 ODIs, a match quicker than Saqlain.
New Zealand’s Trent Boult is in the third spot, having reached the landmark in 81 ODIs, followed by Brett Lee (82) and Ajantha Mendis (84).