Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath's record for most wickets taken in an edition of the World Cup

Mitchell Starc went past Glenn McGrath's tally of 26 wickets when he picked up Jonny Bairtsow's wicket in the second semis and now holds the record of most wickets in a single World Cup edition.
Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath's record for most wickets taken in an edition of the World Cup Mitchell Starc breaks Glenn McGrath's record for most wickets taken in an edition of the World Cup
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Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc set a record for picking the most wickets in a single World Cup, when he had Jonny Bairstow LBW in the semi-final against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. 

It was Starc's 27th wicket of the 2019 edition, which broke the record of 26 that Glenn McGrath had previously held. However, Starc's efforts did not help Australia reach their second successive final, as the side lost by 8 wickets in a lop-sided semis. England reached the target of 224 in less than 32 overs, and they now meet New Zealand on Sunday at Lord's. 

Starc began the World Cup with just a wicket against Afghanistan, but went on to pick up five against West Indies. He proceeded to pick eight combined over Pakistan, Sri Lanka and then Bangladesh. 

A four-wicket haul against England in the league stages followed at Lord's before he picked up five against the Kiwis. He ended with two against South Africa in the league stages. Starc picked up 22 wickets in eight games in the World Cup last time. 

Starc broke McGrath's record of 26 that the latter had picked up in the 2007 World Cup. 

The Aussie fast bowler now has 49 World Cup wickets, but is still behind McGrath's overall tally of 71 World Cup wickets. 

Asked about the prospect of breaking McGrath's record in the game against New Zealand last week, Starc had said, "Records don’t mean much if we don’t win the World Cup. ‘I’m just stoked to be playing a part in this group and to be contributing to the team’s success."

However, his team could not advance to the finals as his team were rocked early on by Chris Woakes to get reduced to 10 for 2. Despite Steven Smith and Alex Carey's efforts, the Kangaroos were not able to put up a match-winning target.

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