Mitchell Starc ‘Won’t Ask Selectors Rest’ For Hobart Pink Ball Ashes Test

Mitchell Starc feels physically ready to play all five tests this summer, saying it will be the coach’s call purely if he misses the Hobart Series Final.

Coaches and medicos will take a look at the Australians’ training session tonight before getting a better idea of ​​what their attack should look like in the final test.

Scott Boland is treating sore ribs from his fall on the SCG pitch, putting the Victorian at risk of missing the day-night test which begins on Friday.

There is speculation that Starc might not be in the match due to workload issues, but it would be a bold call considering he’s the world’s best wicket taker in both day and night testing.

“It’s purely up to the selectors,” Starc said, when asked if he had any problems or pain.

“I’m not looking for a break. This is the last test match of an Ashes series at home. It’s a pink ball too.

“I feel good. Obviously we now have a few days to prepare for the fifth Test.

“But I won’t ask for a rest.”

Mitchell Starc has been the series’ most successful quick pitcher so far.(AP: Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

It was expected that Australia’s rapids could be turned throughout this summer to ensure the attack is always refreshed, with the selectors keen to avoid a repeat of the ineffective scenes in Gabba’s loss to the India last year.

England’s bad hitter, Josh Hazlewood’s side strain and Pat Cummins’ forced omission from Adelaide have combined to largely assuage those concerns.

But if the selectors go for an unchanged attack this week, that would mark three consecutive tests in which the same fast bowlers entered on steam.

Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser, who both impressed in the day-night test at Adelaide Oval, are on deck if Boland and / or Starc are left out.

Starc noted that his conversations with coaches George Bailey and Tony Dodemaide had been “really sweet and cold” this summer.

“There hasn’t really been much to say yet. There will definitely be a bit of discussion over the next few days,” he said.

Scott Boland holds both arms in the air as he calls for a wicket
Scott Boland was a revelation, but he’s in doubt with injured ribs.(Getty Images: Robert Cianflone)

Starc also backed Boland to save.

“He went to the gym yesterday. He will definitely be in training and bowling,” Starc said.

“He is a calm character but quite resilient. No doubt he will be eager to participate in this test.”

Starc has been the most prolific paceman this summer, pulling off 15 scalps at 26.6, while also excelling with the bat to help Australia secure an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

But the left arm recorded game numbers of 1-124 in the drawn fourth test, noting that SCG’s pitch did not break on day five as much as Australia had hoped.

Mitchell Starc celebrates after sacking Englishman Mark Stoneman.
Starc has more counters in day-night testing than anyone in the world.(Reuters: David Gray)

“It would have been really nice to take that last wicket but at the end of the day it was a fantastic cricket match,” said the 31-year-old.

“Different conditions here, different ball. “

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