Starc leads Shield MVP after Round 2

10 Nov 2017


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Mitchell Starc leads the Captain's MVP after Round two of the Sheffield Shield was completed on Tuesday.

The Australian fast bowler has had the ideal preparation for the upcoming Ashes series, taking 17 wickets at an average of 12.17 in the opening two Shield games.

Starc has received 19 votes and sits five clear of Queensland's Michael Neser, who on the back of his JLT Cup All*Star Team of the Year selection, has opened with 12 wickets in Queensland's opening two wins.

On eleven votes is Jhye Richardson, who has been the most impressive Western Australian; according to the Captains.

Despite Tasmania's tough start to the season, Jackson Bird rounded out the top four with 10 votes, alongside Luke Feldman who makes it two Queenslanders in the top five.

Speaking on the week two leader board, ACA Manager of Cricket Operations Brendan Drew said that the opening two Sheffield Shield rounds showed good promise for the upcoming Ashes series.

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"It is great for Australian cricket to see Mitch Starc back fit and firing again," he said.

"To take 17 wickets, including a couple of hatricks, is a great sign for the opening Test in Brisbane.

Drew also commented on how the bowlers were the dominant vote-getters in the opening few rounds, demonstrating the depth in Australia's fast bowling unit.

"I think the Captain's votes are reflective of how the opening few games have been played.

"The bowlers have been aggressive, which has resulted in a lot of wickets taken over the opening matches.

"As well as Starc, Hazlewood, Bird and Cummins; we have also seen Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson and Luke Feldman jump out of the pack, which is really exciting.

The Sheffield Shield Captain's MVP award recognises who the Captains deemed the most valuable for each game over the course of the Sheffield Shield season.

Captains vote 5,4,3,2,1 at the end of each match on all players in the game, other than the captains themselves, who are ineligible to receive votes in each round.