'Not happy': Mitchell Starc fumes after captain denies career-first

Chris Young
·3-min read
Mitchell Starc is seen throwing his bat after NSW declared on day three of their Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.
Mitchell Starc was unimpressed with NSW captain Peter Neville's call to declare, stranding Starc just 14 runs short of a maiden first-class century. Picture: Sheffield Shield/Cricket Australia

Australian Test paceman Mitchell Starc was none too impressed with NSW Sheffield Shield captain Peter Neville after his choice to declare robbed the quick of the chance for his maiden first-class century.

Ordinarily one to do his damage with the ball, Starc has proven to be a dab hand with the bat in the tail order at the international level - but hasn’t hit triple-digits in his first class career to date.

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He was on track to do so on Tuesday against Tasmania alongside fellow tailender Sean Abbott, who notched an unbeaten stand of 102 himself.

But Neville declared after Abbott notched his ton - leaving Starc stranded, unbeaten, on 86.

While the Australian paceman congratulated his batting partner, he was clearly furious about being denied the chance to add to New South Wales second innings total of 6/522.

Starc launched his bat and gloves once he came from the field.

“Mitchell Starc is not happy, have a look at that - throwing the bat down, throwing the gloves down,” the commentator said.

“You could tell when they called for the declaration, he did shake his head when he was touching gloves with Abbott.

Mitchell Starc and Sean Abbott leave the field after NSW declared at 6/522, leaving Starc shy of a maiden first-class hundred. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)
Mitchell Starc and Sean Abbott leave the field after NSW declared at 6/522, leaving Starc shy of a maiden first-class hundred. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

“That’s an indication of what he thought of that decision.”

The Blues set Tasmania a second innings target of 322, after recovering well from a disastrous first innings in which they scored just 64 runs.

Tim Paine stumping divides cricket world

Australian cricket captain Tim Paine has pulled off an ‘extraordinary’ stumping that sparked a debate on whether it was deemed against the spirit of the game like a ‘Mankad’.

On Day 3 of the Sheffield Shield clash, NSW were building a handy lead with Moses Henriques notching 113 and Nick Larkin 161 as the Blues charged to 6-403 with a lead of 228 runs over the Tigers at tea.

But as the match started to slip away from Tasmania, quick-thinking from wicket-keeper Paine helped dismiss Larkin.

The controversy occurred when Larkin played and missed a beautiful delivery, after a forward defensive stroke, which Paine collected well-behind behind the stumps.

Larkin held his pose, and appeared to be contemplate how he missed the delivery, when Paine underarmed the ball back and hit the stumps.

To Larkin’s surprise, he was out of his crease.

“That one has gone right through Larkin, another fantastic delivery,” the commentator said.

“Now Tim Paine has got a wicket from being a very smart cricketer. Now that’s how you get Larkin out, when he doesn’t expect it.”

The commentator said Larkin “didn’t know much about that one”, which appeared to irk many on social media.

A debate erupted over whether the ball was ‘dead’ or whether it was fair to dismiss Larkin when he had no idea he was out of his crease. While others, like the commentators, applauded Paine for his quick-thinking.

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