FOUR months after last taking to the field, Mitchell Starc returned to action for New South Wales in the JLT One-Day Cup against South Australia (10:30am AEST).
Struggling to keep his footing on a slippery crease at Hurstville Oval, Starc was expensive in his first spell against the Redbacks but recovered to finish with tidy figures of 1-55 off his 10 overs as South Australia posted a daunting tally of six for 346.
The monster total was built on centuries from opener Jake Weatherald (103 off 114) and No.5 Alex Ross (110 off 85), with the latter particularly brutal against Nathan Lyon.
The Australian Test off-spinner was hammered for 32 runs in his ninth and final over by Ross, conceding four sixes and two fours on one of the competition’s smaller grounds. Earlier, Lyon took the important wickets of Callum Ferguson (19) and Tom Cooper (0) in back-to-back deliveries.
Sean Abbott was the best of New South Wales’ bowlers, taking 3-59 off his 10 overs, knocking over Test hopeful Alex Carey (60), centurion Ross and Jake Lehmann (24). Starc’s only wicket of the day was Weatherald.
Ruled out of Australia’s Test tour of Bangladesh and limited-overs campaign in India as he recovered from a stress fracture in his foot, Starc will be looking to use both the JLT Cup and the early rounds of the Sheffield Shield to find his rhythm ahead of the Ashes.
NSW elected to bowl after winning the toss.
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