Mitchell Starc's (R) stunner got rid of James Vince © Getty Images
Mitchell Starc’s (R) stunner got rid of James Vince © Getty Images

Mitchell Starc, undoubtedly, bowled the ball of the Ashes 2017-18, so far, to dismiss James Vince. The left-arm seamer, bowling from round the wicket, pitched one on a wide crack in-line with middle stump. If it had not deviated, it would have gone onto miss the leg stump. Hence, Vince attempted for a flick towards leg side, but was shell shocked. The crack resulted in change in ball’s direction, dismantling Vince’s off stump.

Remember Shane Warne magic ball to dismiss Andrew Strauss in Ashes 2005, Edgbaston?

Starc certainly matched Warner to remove Vince (55) on a peach off a delivery.

Vince gives credit to Starc 

“It’s still frustrating to get out but they’re a little easier to take than the ones where you feel you’re at fault yourselves. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, I think that would get me out every time. Give him some credit there and sweep it under the carpet and move on.

We said at tea that the ones that had hit the cracks had done too much and weren’t in danger of the stumps. His angle, coming wide of the crease, the ball looked as if it looked like it was going down leg. For the right armers that perhaps start straighter, if it deviates it probably misses the stumps. It’s something we will have to look at tomorrow. I think his [Starc's] plan is pretty clear. He’s going to come wide of the crease from round the wicket and try and hit that crack,” concluded Vince.

England, trailing Australia  by 127 runs, have only 6 wickets in hand at stumps on Day Four of the third Test. First-innings’ centurions, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow, are remain unbeaten and have a tough task in hand.

England trail the series 0-2, and need to avoid defeat to stay in contention of retaining the urn.