sport news Ashes: Mitchell Starc makes history with TWO hat-tricks

Mitchell Starc took two hat-tricks as New South Wales beat Western Australia The left-armer is the first man ever to achieve the feat in a Sheffield Shield match Only eight bowlers have ever taken two hat-tricks in a single first-class game Starc, who will lead Australia's Ashes bowling attack, ended with seven for 97

By Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Published: 10:13 GMT, 7 November 2017 | Updated: 10:17 GMT, 7 November 2017

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The man set to spearhead Australia's bowling attack in the upcoming Ashes will head into the series in record-breaking form.

In an ominous sign for Trevor Bayliss' tourists, Mitchell Starc became the first man to take two hat-tricks in a single Sheffield Shield match as he helped New South Wales beat Western Australia by 171 runs on Tuesday.

Starc ended with four for 56 in the first innings after taking the final three wickets in as many balls before repeating the feat to become only the eighth bowler in first-class history to take twin hat-tricks in a single match.

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Mitchell Starc took two hat-tricks as New South Wales beat Western Australia on Tuesday

Mitchell Starc took two hat-tricks as New South Wales beat Western Australia on Tuesday

The seamer dismissed Jason Behrendorff, Jono Wells and David Moody as NSW won by 171 runs

The Australia opener is in ominous form ahead of the first of five Ashes Tests this winter

The Australia opener is in ominous form ahead of the first of five Ashes Tests this winter

With Western Australia already on the brink of defeat at 222-7, Starc had Jason Behrendorff caught behind off the penultimate ball of his 15th over before David Moody was skittled with the following delivery.

Then, off the first ball of his 16th over, the left-armer wrapped up victory and made history when Jono Wells edged to Australia

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