• Starc breaks World Cup record

    Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath doesn’t hold the record for the most wickets at one edition of the World Cup.

    McGrath took 26 wickets during the 2007 World Cup, but the tally was surpassed by fellow Australian Mitchell Starc during Thursday’s semi-final against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

    Starc dismissed opening batsman Jonny Bairstow to secure the milestone. His 2019 World Cup tally included five-wicket hauls against the West Indies and New Zealand – and four-fors versus England and Sri Lanka.

    Australia lost Thursday’s match, which saw England advance to Sunday’s final against the New Zealanders at Lord’s in London.

    ‘I am really proud of everyone involved for how much hard work and how far we have come, but at the same time we came here to win a semi-final and get ourselves into a position to win another World Cup,’ said captain Aaron Finch.

    ‘So that was really disappointing how it ended, especially to put up probably one of our worst performances overall for the tournament, so that was really disappointing.’

    Seamer Chris Morris was South Africa’s leading wicket-taker at the 2019 World Cup. A late edition to the squad as a replacement for the injured Anrich Nortje, Morris took 13 wickets in eight matches prior to the Proteas’ exit. South Africa finished in seventh position across the tournament’s 10-team standings, after five defeats, three wins and a no-result.

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