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Under-fire Starc takes late wicket in Test

After a wayward opening spell, Mitchell Starc responded late on day two of the second Test by claiming the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.

Under-fire Starc takes late wicket in Test

After a wayward opening spell, Mitchell Starc responded late on day two of the second Test by claiming the wicket of Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal.

MITCHELL STARC of Australia preapres to bowl during day one of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia.
MITCHELL STARC of Australia preapres to bowl during day one of the Fifth Test match in the 2017/18 Ashes Series between Australia and England at SCG in Sydney, Australia. Picture:Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Australian paceman Mitchell Starc has taken a late wicket on day two against Sri Lanka in a boost for his confidence.

The left-arm quick entered the second Test in Canberra with a number of Australian greats calling for him to be replaced as a new-ball bowler or axed from the team altogether.


Shane Warne, who has a long history of criticising Starc, said on Friday that playing the New South Welshman at Manuka Oval was a "waste".

The early signs weren't good, as the 29-year-old's first spell lasted just four overs for figures of 0-22.

The pace was there, with his fastest delivery clocking in at more than 153 km/h, but the accuracy and swing wasn't.

After taking the new ball, Starc wasn't used again until late in the day.

Jhye Richardson, playing in his second Test, and the in-form Pat Cummins were Australia's preferred quicks for most of Saturday afternoon.

But after being recalled to the attack in the last half hour, Starc dismissed Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal with a fierce bouncer that he gloved to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

Starc had figures of 1-32 from eight overs at stumps.

Australian batsman Kurtis Patterson says Starc will loom large on Sunday and could rip through Sri Lanka's tail.

"Obviously Mitch getting some rhythm today and hitting 150 (km/h) consistently," he told reporters.

"The way the game's gone there's genuinely been a bit in the wicket for the first 30-40 minutes of each day and if we can get a couple of early wickets and wind Starcy up it will go along way towards winning the Test."

Starc has struggled for consistency and accuracy this summer, averaging 36.46 for his 15 wickets heading into the Test at Manuka Oval.

Despite a difficult period for the quick, Starc became the 17th Australian to reach 200 Test wickets in the series-opener at the Gabba.

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