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EXCLUSIVE: Kent quick Matt Hunn struggling to come to terms with taking five wickets against Australia

By Richard Harvey
Matt Hunn took 5-99 against Australia
Matt Hunn took 5-99 against Australia

Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff was a thorn in Australia's side many times during his career.

Young Kent quick Matt Hunn grew up looking up to Flintoff and he produced a bowling performance the former Lancashire man would be proud of in the Ashes tour opener at the Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence.

Hunn produced the best bowling figures of his fledgling career against the world champions, taking 5-99 off 27 overs before Michael Clarke's side declared on 507-8.

After starting the day with three scalps already to his name, including that of Clarke, Hunn got rid of Shane Watson (21) and Mitchell Marsh (30) to complete his first five-wicket haul at this level.

This is his first game of the season and only his fourth first class game.

Speaking exclusively in the players' dining room, Hunn said he was still coming to terms with his stunning performance.

He said: "It was always in the back of my mind that getting five wickets was on but I never thought it was going to happen.

"These guys are the best in the world so I still don't really believe it. It hasn't sunk in at all - hopefully it will soon."

As for the pick of his wickets, Hunn, who plays his club cricket for Sandwich Town, said: "Going by name order it would have to be Clarke but it wasn't the way I wanted (caught down the leg-side by wicket-keeper Sam Billings).

"But I would have to say the highlight was the ball I bowled Mitch Marsh with - that was a pretty good one."

But did Hunn, 21, get the match ball?

He said: "I haven't as yet. Hopefully it will find its way back to me. It's something I am going to treasure."

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