Starc stars as Aussies see off Derbyshire
Australia beat Derbyshire by an innings and 54 runs on Saturday as the tourists prepared for the crunch fourth Ashes Test with a win.
Mitchell Starc was the stand-out bowler as he took 4-39 and seven wickets in total in the three-day game, helping to bowl Derbyshire all out for 112 to seal the win.
Starc has done his chances of featuring in this summer's Ashes series for the first time when the action resumes at Old Trafford next week the power of good, while Steve Smith wasn't needed to bowl as he was able to take it easy as he continues to recover from the concussion he suffered in the second Test at Lord's.
Smith, who was forced to sit out Australia's third-Test defeat at Headingley last week, scored 23 on Friday and is now expected to return to the side for the eagerly-awaited Manchester Test, which starts on Wednesday.
The Aussies, who decided to give first-choice pace bowlers Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson a rest, easily claimed the warm-up win, taking the seven wickets they needed on Saturday to skittle Derbyshire, who had resumed on 53-3, all out.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.