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Mitchell Starc

Australia's Mitchell Starc, left, reacts after bowling to India's Cheteshwar Pujara during play on the final day of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc takes a catch to dismiss India's Rohit Sharma during play on day two of the fourth cricket test between India and Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, centre, celebrates with teammate Marnus Labuschagne after dismissing India's Navdeep Saini, right, for three runs during play on day three of the third cricket test between India and Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, left, reacts after taking the wicket of India's Rishabh Pant, right, during play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, second right, is congratulated by teammates after dismissing India's Mayank Agarwal during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia's Pat Cummins bowls to India's Shubman Gill during play on day one of the Boxing Day cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, center, is congratulated by teammates after taking the wicket of India's Wriddhiman Saha on the second day of their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, second right, celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane LBW for 42 runs during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, third right, celebrate with teammates after bowling India's Prithvi Shaw during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia.

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How sporting directions follow pre-ordained paths cut through the hardest granite of world competition—Australia’s women cricketers have opened up the same, barely bridgeable gap between themselves and the rest, as their menfolk had two decades ago under Steve Waugh. One of the brightest stars of the team is wicketkeeper-batsman Alyssa Healy, who has now broken M.S. Dhoni’s record of most dismissals in T20Is (across genders) in a match against the Kiwis. Alyssa has 92 dismissals in 99 innings, as against Dhoni’s 91 in 97 innings. The accompanying photo is an X’mas snap—it shows both parties regarding themselves as gifts to each other, while confirming the happiness of Michell Starc and Alyssa as a super cricket couple. But those eyes…that smile….? Yeah, same as her uncle, Ian Healy. Genes matter too.

Australia's Mitchell Starc, right, celebrates their win in the third ODI cricket match between England and Australia, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates the dismissal of England's Jason Roy during the third ODI cricket match between England and Australia, at Old Trafford in Manchester, England.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc celebrates with teammates the wicket of Latham on day four of the third cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, Australia.

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Mitchell Starc notched his 27th wicket of this World Cup edition, dismissing Jonny Bairstow, breaking fellow countryman Glenn McGrath record of most wickets in a single Cricket World Cup edition. McGrath had registered 26 wickets in his country's victorious campaign in the 2007 World Cup.

Mitchell Starc put in a good shift with the bat, hitting 29 runs off 36 balls, packed with a four and six. Australia set a a target of 224.

Australia's Mitchell Starc appeals successfully for the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between England and Australia at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc bowls during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and South Africa at Old Trafford in Manchester.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, left, celebrates the dismissal of West Indies' captain Jason Holder during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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Australia's Mitchell Starc, left, celebrates the dismissal of West Indies' captain Jason Holder during the Cricket World Cup match between Australia and West Indies at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

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