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Australia’s pace spearhead, Mitchell Starc has secured the record for most number of wickets taken at a single World Cup after claiming his 27th scalp during Australia’s semi-final against England. Starc was clinical with the ball throughout the World Cup, providing crucial breakthroughs for Australia.

The record for taking most wickets in a single World Cup edition was previously held by Glenn McGrath, who took 26 wickets in the 2007 tournament. Starc started the World Cup with figures of 1-31 against Afghanistan and claimed his first five-wicket haul of the tournament in Australia’s second match against West Indies.

The 29-year-old’s second five-wicket haul against the Kiwis helped his team to a massive 86-run victory. Starc, who now boasts 49 World Cup scalps, still has a way to go to beat McGrath’s overall World Cup tally of 71, which he achieved from 39 games.

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