Today Mitchell Starc created history and served an ominous Ashes warning by taking two hat tricks in the same match in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at Hurstville Oval.
By doing this, Starc became the first person since 1978/79 to take two hat tricks in the same first-class match. He is also the first person to do this in an Australian first-class match.
He is also the third Australian to do this, after Albert Trott for Middlesex in 1907 and Jimmy Matthews in a Test Match in England in 1912.
The players who have achieved this feat are:
Alfred Shaw for Nottinghamshire against Gloucestershire at Nottingham in 1884.
Albert Trott for Middlesex against Somerset at Lord’s in 1907. Trott took four wickets in four balls in this match.
Jimmy Matthews for Australia against South Africa at Manchester in 1912.
Charlie Parker for Gloucestershire against Middlesex at Bristol in 1924.
Roly Jenkins for Worcestershire against Surrey at Worcester in 1949.
JS Rao for Services against Northern Punjab at Amritsar in 1963/64. Rao took two separate hat tricks in this match.
Amin Lakhani for Combined XI against Indians at Multan in 1978/79.
Mitchell Starc for New South Wales against Western Australia at Hurstville in 2017/18.