The dismissal, named after former Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad, is legal but has long sparked debate over whether it is in the spirit of the game.
The fourth day at Melbourne Cricket Groundas Australia completed a crushing innings and 182 run victory, pacemaker Starc interrupted a ball on their run after seeing De Bruyn leave his crease early.
“Just stay in your fold, it’s not that hard,” Starc barked at him.
“The line is there for a reason, mate.”
If I was De Bruyn, I would continue to do so because it is virtually impossible for a fast bowler to mankade a batter… https://t.co/EVSYE48Xl9
— Siddhant (@SiddViz) 1672298425000
In the post-match press conference, Starc said he would consider sending players back with Mankad in the future if he saw them take off early like De Bruyn, earning his captain Pat’s firm approval. Cummins.
“What do you think, captain?” Starc asked Cummins, seated next to him.
“Yes,” Cummins said.
“Here,” laughed Starc.
“You saw how far he was… It’s just taking the mickey. It’s not fair to take off before I throw it. He was a yard from the wicket.”
Starc said De Bruyn also left his crease at the start of Matchday 3 in Melbourne.
“I gave him some warnings. If he wants to continue, I’ll take it,” he said.
Australia’s victory at the MCG sealed the series 2-0, making the third Test in Sydney a dead rubber.
Starc will miss out on Mankad De Bruyn’s chance in the next Test, having been ruled out of the match with a tendon injury in his middle finger in his bowling hand.
The Mankad debate raged in September when Indian bowler Deepti Sharma ousted England’s Charlie Dean at the non-striking end for the last wicket of a women’s day at Lord’s, prompting jeers from the crowd.
Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardians of the laws of cricket, then backed the bowler and said it was the batters’ responsibility not to leave the crease too soon.