Latest Cricket News: Mitchell Starc received a lot of acclaim on social media for his first ball of the Ashes 2021-22 opening. The left-arm bowler bowled a stunning delivery to dismiss visitor opener Rory Burns and give the much-anticipated Ashes series a thrilling start. The delivery was so beautiful that the video of it quickly went viral on social media, with netizens praising the Australian southpaw’s poise.
England captain Joe Root won the toss and confidently chose to bat first on the first day in Brisbane. The following toss, though, saw England batsmen fall like a pack of cards, courtesy of Starc, newly-appointed Test skipper Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood’s unrelenting bowling attack.
Though it was Cummins who finished with statistics of 5/38, Starc’s exquisite delivery in dismissing Burns at the start of the game was the buzz of the internet. Microblogging website Twitter, among other social media channels, praised Starc for creating such an entertaining start to the match.
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— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 8, 2021
The following is how Twitter users responded to the wicket:
— Vishal Madhu (@vishalgmadhu) December 8, 2021
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) December 8, 2021
Yes you bloody beauty Mitchell Starc!! 😱 Sorry everyone for the scream. #AUSvENG
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 8, 2021
They wrote him off too early, one of the best bowlers of this generation, simply the 🐐
Never ever doubt Mitchell Starc. pic.twitter.com/voVps3f5Cx
— KH SAKIB 🇧🇩 (@Crickettalks91) December 8, 2021
— ♡ (@kyakarungimain) December 8, 2021
Starc’s stunning delivery was lauded not just by fans, but also by previous cricket greats, who couldn’t help but acknowledge the brilliance of the delivery. Brett Lee, an Australian bowling icon, turned to Twitter to declare, “That’s why I picked him #mitchellstarc.” Meanwhile, in the commentary box, a seasoned pro like Adam Gilchrist screamed with delight. He said, “Oh bowled him first ball.”
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