With the wicket of Rishabh Pant on Sunday, Mitchell Starc became only the 9th Australian bowler to get to the 250 Test wicket milestone and was the 5th fastest to get there.

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc after dismissing Mayank Agarwal on Saturday. (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Mitchell Starc has 248 Test wickets prior to the Boxing Day Test
  • By tea on Sunday, he had dismissed Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant to claim 250 wickets
  • Starc has the best strike rate among the Australian pacers to get to the milestone with 47.9

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc on Sunday dismissed India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant to claim 250 Test wickets.

With it, he has joined an elite list of bowlers and become only the 9th Australian bowler to do that. He is also the 5th fastest Australian to the milestone in terms of the number of matches taken to get there. Starc reached the milestone in his 59th Test match at an average of 26.68 and a strike rate of 47.9.

The quickest Australian to get to 250 wickets was Dennis Lillee, who got there in 48 Tests. Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath are the joint-second fastest to get there with 55 Tests and are followed by another quickie in Mitchell Johnson who got there in 57 Tests.

Starc, however, has the best strike rate among the Australian pacers to get to the milestone with 47.9.

Starc was instrumental in helping Australia dismiss India for 244 in the first innings of the first Test in Adelaide, taking four wickets for 53 runs last week.

On Sunday, Pant’s wicket was crucial for Australia as he was looking good on 29 and had added 57 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fifth wicket.

Starc’s Australia teammate, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is eight wickets short of 400 wickets.

Here are the Australian bowlers to go past the 250 Test-wicket milestone.

Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563), Lyon (392 and playing), Dennis Lillee (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), Brett Lee (310), Craig McDermott (291) and Jason Gillespie (259) are ahead of Starc among the Australian bowlers.





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