Mitchell Starc hit nine fours and a six in his knock © Getty Images (File Photo)
Mitchell Starc hit nine fours and a six in his knock © Getty Images (File Photo)

Mitchell Starc, the No. 9 for Australia, has scored the sixth half-century of his Test career, in the post-lunch session of the second day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval. He has resurrected his team after a flurry of wickets in the latter half of the morning session, by partnering the centurion Steven Smith to add a healthy stand and steer Australia towards 500. Contrary to other batsmen in this innings, Starc has been aggressive, too: he has hit seven fours and a six, and was particularly sevee on off-spinner Moeen Ali, against whom he has taken 29 runs off 19 balls. In the 121st over, the two became the protagonists of the highest eighth wicket partnership at The Oval, breaking a record set in 1899. The stand was broken when Finn had Smith bowled for 143. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 2

Starc arrived to bat after lunch as the No. 8, Mitchell Johnson, was dismissed at the bend of the first session. He stroked a couple of fours off Ali through the off side soon, before driving Mark Wood through the off side. Ali was stroked for a four before being clubbed to the leg side in the 116th over, for a four and a six. Two overs later he was dropped by Mark Wood at shot square leg. Stokes was also hit for two boundaries in an over, as Starc got close to his landmark. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 2

His partner Smith, however, departed soon after, dragging a Steven Finn delivery on to his stumps. Starc did not lose his aggressive intent, and hit two boundaries off an over from Stokes yet again, through the off side, but then Starc was dismissed leg before wicket in that same over, for 58.

This was Starc’s second knock of 58 in this series. His highest score is 99 against India in Mohali, Punjab.