3 Reasons Mitchell Starc Must Be Picked For The Fourth Test
A certain Aussie paceman took three wickets overnight, in what you have to say was a stark reminder to selectors of his talent.
Yes, Mitchell Starc, famous for his unplayable late inswinging yorkers, bowled -- you'll never guess what -- several unplayable late inswinging yorkers in Australia's tour match against Derbyshire, as the locals were skittled for 172.
Formerly the lead of Australia's pace attack, Starc has not yet played a Test this series. Four pace bowlers have been given a go under the rotation policy that keeps them all fresh and (hopefully) injury free.
But Starc? He's been a spectator.
After his fiery yet economical spell of 3/46 off 16 overs overnight, that might change. Or will it? It depends what selectors are thinking.
What fans are thinking is pretty clear.
Indeed they were thinking it in real time last week as England put on 76 runs for the 10th wicket to steal an improbable victory in the Headingley Test.
And they're saying it again this morning.
And quite frankly, so are we.
Meanwhile, Australia were 0/77 in reply, with Marcus Harris 52 not out and Usman Khawaja 18 not out. Their batting partnership is an intriguing selection sideshow in its own right, with both players batting for a spot in the Old Trafford line-up.
The fourth Test starts next Wednesday, September 4.