1985 The last time, before Mitchell Starc, an overseas fast bowler took two five-fors in a Test in Asia. Neil Foster had taken 6 for 104 and 5 for 59 in the Chennai Test in 1984-85. Overall, Starc's is the 20th instance of a pacer taking two five-fors in a Test in Asia.
8/209 Mitchell Starc's previous best figures in a match in Tests, which had come against South Africa in Perth in 2012-13. Starc's figures are also the best by an Australia pacer in a Test in Sri Lanka. The previous best were Craig McDermott's 6 for 85 in Colombo in 1992.