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Starc rattles Derbyshire as Australia complete domineering win

Mitchell Starc bagged a four-wicket haul against Derbyshire on the final day of the tour game as Australia cruised to a comfortable innings and 54-run victory ahead of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

Starc, who has not yet played in the series thus far, wrapped up Derbyshire's tail by picking up two wickets in two balls just before lunch on the third day to finish the game.

He ended the game with seven wickets across both innings, making a case for selection in the penultimate game of the Ashes series.

Australia entered the three-day clash following a one-wicket loss to England at Headingley, where Ben Stokes' unbeaten 135 helped his side surmount the tall target of 359.

Derbyshire began the day struggling at 53-3 before frequent strikes further dented their progress.

Australia star batsman Steve Smith had a rather anticlimactic return to cricket action in the aftermath of his concussion injury, making just 23 runs in Australia's total of 338-5.

The leading wicket-taker in the World Cup, Starc could possibly be recalled for the next game considering the nature of the Old Trafford pitch that tends to assist fast bowlers.

He is pit against Michael Neser, who secured four wickets in the match, for a spot Australia's line-up given James Pattinson's lean run.

Australia opted to rest skipper Tim Paine, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Pattinson and Nathan Lyon for the tour game as Alex Carey performed keeping duties behind the stumps.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Marsh took two wickets in the second innings to go with his half-century when Australia batted as the home side collapsed to 112 all out.

Senior paceman Peter Siddle also chipped in with a useful contribution of 2-21 in eight overs to press for a comeback to the squad.

Australia's batting combination is expected to undergo a transformation for the fourth Test with Smith set to resume his top-order duties.

Australia may leave out either Marcus Harris or Usman Khawaja to make room for Smith in the line-up especially after his replacement Marnus Labuschagne scored three successive fifties in the series.

But both Harris (64) and stand-in skipper Khawaja (72) made fluent fifties to assert Australia's dominance in the game.