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Most successful bowlers for Australia across all 3 formats

A closer look at 5 of Australia's most prolific bowlers across the longest formats of the game and the limited overs formats.

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Top 5 / Top 10 10 Mar 2018, 18:28 IST
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Australia is the most successful team in the history of the game and no other team has dominated the game to a degree that they managed to, between 1999 to 2008. Other than the superb batsmen that they produced, they also had an outstanding cast of bowlers who could take wickets and trouble batsmen on any surface.

They won World Cups with minimum fuss and although the T20 World Cup is something that remains an unfulfilled dream for them, they remained an irresistible force in Test cricket.

Much of their success rested on their bowlers and most of them could turn it on across the three formats of the game. Even the bowlers who followed those who played in the "golden era" of Australian cricket have shown that they are extremely adaptable across formats.

Here is a look at five of those Australian bowlers who were the most prolific for the team across Tests, ODIs and T20s.

#5 Mitchell Starc


Australia v Pakistan - 3rd Test: Day 5

The left-arm fast bowler made his debut back in 2010 and although it took him some years to establish himself in the team, Mitchell Starc is now firmly established as Australia's spearhead across the three formats of the game.

The fast bowler's searing pace, movement, ability to generate reverse swing, and bowl disconcerting bounce, has made him one of the best bowlers in Test cricket. On the other hand, the same attributes have made him one of the world's leading bowlers in ODIs and T20Is as well.

He can send down toe-crushing yorkers at will, and his express pace often makes sure that the opposition batsmen do not get much of a chance to flex their arms in the death overs. Starc has played 136 games across the three formats so far and has picked up 350 wickets (at the time of writing) at an excellent average of 23.93. He has an economy rate of just under 4 and a strike rate of 36.1. 

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