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Australia v South Africa 2022/23

Watch: Mitchell Starc pierces Rassie van der Dussen’s bat-pad gap with swinging, seaming beauty to reach special milestone in style

Mitchell Starc bowls Rassie van der Dussen to reach 300 Test wickets at the Gabba, Brisbane during Australia v South Africa 1st Test 2022/23
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Watch: Mitchell Starc cleaned up Rassie van der Dussen with a peach at the Gabba to become the seventh Australian to take 300 Test wickets.

After bowling out South Africa for 152 in the first Test of the three-match series, in Brisbane, Australia were 145-5 at stumps on day one. Their first innings folded for 218 once Travis Head fell for 92 the second morning, Kagiso Rabada (4-76) and Marco Jansen (3-32) doing most of the damage for South Africa.

That left South Africa, 66 runs behind, about 20 minutes to bat before lunch. Having started the Test match with 296 wickets, Starc had snared Dean Elgar, Temba Bavuma, and Keshav Maharaj in the first innings to finish with 3-41. Still a wicket short of the coveted milestone, he started the second innings with a maiden over to Sarel Erwee.


At the other end, Starc’s captain Pat Cummins took out Elgar for two. Erwee cover-drove Starc’s third ball for a run, bringing van der Dussen on strike. The fourth ball was outside off.

Starc pitched up the next ball. It swung in and moved after landing on the seam. Van der Dussen seemed to read the swing and chose his line accordingly, but the seam movement turned out to be too much for him. He was bowled through the gate, much to the delight of the Gabba crowd.

Starc became the seventh Australian, after Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563), Nathan Lyon (453, playing this Test match), Dennis Lillee (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), and Brett Lee (300), to reach 300 wickets in Test cricket. Of all left-arm bowlers, only Rangana Herath (433), Wasim Akram (414), Daniel Vettori (362), Chaminda Vaas (355), Trent Boult (317), Johnson (313), and Zaheer Khan (311) have more wickets.

Erwee and Bavuma ensured South Africa did not lose another wicket before lunch, but they quickly stumbled to 99 all out, with Australia losing four wickets before completing a small chase.

Watch Mitchell Starc reach 300 Test wickets:

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