Mitchell Starc not only performed with the bat and ball against England during Australia’s historic 2-1 ODI series win, but he has also been praised for showing incredible sportsmanship in a high-pressure match.
A record stand of 212 between Glenn Maxwell and Alex Carey has helped Australia to a dramatic three-wicket victory over England and seal a 2-1 series win.
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Chasing 303, the tourists looked dead and buried at 5-73 - the lowest score Australia's fifth wicket has fallen in an ODI against England since 1977 - when Maxwell joined Carey at the crease.
But in the 49th over, Starc was bowling at 7-287 with England on the verge of a huge total.
Steaming in, the towering fast-bowler noticed Adil Rashid leaving the crease early to try and get a head start.
But having the option to pull the controversial mankad, Starc instead chose to stop in line with Rashid and point back to the crease and give him a warning.
The moment of class from Starc, choosing to give Rashid a warning instead of taking the wicket, was praised on social media.
Gotta feel for Mitchell Starc, even after going for plenty he didn't go for Mankading and gave a clear cut warning to Adil Rashid. 😂 pic.twitter.com/yd8JeYHXJd— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) September 16, 2020
Mitchell Starc has given a warning for Adil Rashid to stay in the crease.— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) September 16, 2020
Fair play to Mitchell Starc there. Rashid you’ve been warned! 😂— Ben (@nelsonben) September 16, 2020
Starc Mankad warning 😅😅😅👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽🏏— Shantanu Shrivastava (@DaKingInDaNorff) September 16, 2020
Mitchell Starc should have mankad Adil Rashid there.— Chiggy Viggy (@IdlySambhar) September 16, 2020
Why giving warning and all? Worstu behavior da dei
Some viewers compared the moment of sportsmanship to Ravi Ashwin’s infamous mankad when he dismissed England batsman Jos Buttler which sparked a worldwide debate.
Maxwell, Carey deliver for Australia
Maxwell, often maligned for not producing when Australia need it most, had a day to remember as he smashed seven sixes and four boundaries in his 108 from 90 balls as the world champions suffered a first home series defeat in five years.
Carey, 106, also found form when it mattered with his maiden international century as the duo chalked up the highest sixth-wicket partnership of all-time in one-day internationals before Maxwell fell to Adil Rashid 18 runs shy of victory.
The South Australian fell to the final ball of the penultimate over from Jofra Archer when Mark Wood took a fantastic diving catch in the deep.
It required pace duo Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins to get Australia home with 10 runs needed from the final over bowled by Adil Rashid.
Starc hit the first delivery for six and then the third ball for four to seal a memorable win with two balls to spare.
Maxwell also became the become the fastest man to score 3000 ODI runs as Australia buried the memory of Sunday's meltdown in the second match of the series.
"Maxy is in the team to do a specific role, and that's to be able to take the game away from opposition but also be that guy to counterattack and swing momentum in changing rooms," captain Aaron Finch said.
"What makes him so damaging is he can play all around the ground.
"I don't think there's many bowlers in the world that can trouble him when he is having one of those days.
"The way he navigated that innings and took it deeper and deeper ... he did that perfectly."
The turning point of the match happened in the 20th over when Jofra Archer thought he had Carey caught at third man for nine, only for video review to show he had overstepped the mark to deliver the first no ball of his ODI career.
Buoyed by that reprieve at 5-95, the pair set about rebuilding the tourists' innings and then stepped up a gear to attack the English attack in the final 25 overs.