Steve Smith was out for just seven and Mitch Starc went for lost of runs, fast, as the Test guns turned out for NSW
Young Victorian fast bowler Mitch Perry did a number on Steve Smith as Test quick Mitch Starc had a number done on him in a lop-sided opening day of the all-star Sheffield Shield clash at the SCG.
After NSW were rolled for a sluggish 165, scoring at just two runs an over, Starc rolled out with the new ball hoping to inflict some damage, only to be sent to all parts.
The left-arm pace ace went for eight runs off the opening over of Victoria’s innings, and then 24 runs off his first three as a combination of batting intent from opener Nic Maddinson, and lucky swings, left Starc reeling.
First-up since the Test series loss to India, Starc was taken off after just 18 balls as the Vics raced to 0-61 at stumps.
Starc’s early efforts were in stark contrast to his younger namesake for the Vics.
Perry, playing in just his third Shield match, set-up an energetic Smith who in a short 35-ball stay provided some of his most extravagant leaves ever.
Smith was up and about, with seven big-movement leave, before Perry tempted the Test star with a ball he edged to Seb Gotch behind the stumps.
Coming off a one-day century on Monday, Smith was out for just seven and one of three victims for 20-year-old Perry who finished with 3-25 from 17 economical overs.
Maddinson starting the innings with a bang 💥
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Perry, who only found out before the toss he was playing, said he was nervous bowling to Smith, but that sanring his wicket was “one to hang on to”.
“Especially if he keeps averaging 60 in Test cricket,” he said.
“I was just trying to bowl the best ball I could, and luckily enough he nicked one, he doesn’t normally nick ‘em. I was pretty happy about that.
“You watch him on TV smashing international attacks, so if you get the opportunity to bowl to someone like him .. you find out where you are at.”
Victorian quick James Pattinson, playing his first-class game since an Australia A clash against india last December, took 2-32 while spinner Jon Holland was turning the ball from his first delivery and snared 3-38.
Third-gamer Mitch Perry will not forget this wicket – nor the elite build-up – for a long time! @MarshGlobal | #SheffieldShieldpic.twitter.com/XdmAQrq7aw
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