The Ashes: Starc not ready to rest

12 January 2022 16:22:30 GMTPlus10
Starc feeling fit

Mitchell Starc says he is not ready to rest following reports the Australian selectors could leave him out of the fifth and final Ashes Test against England in Hobart.

Starc, who is priced at 3.25 to the top Australian bowler in the fifth Test, is the only Aussie quick to have played in all four Test matches so far.

Niggles and soreness

The Aussies have plenty of options with their pace attack following some impressive performances by Scott Boland, Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser, who have stepped in over the summer.

Josh Hazlewood is also tipped to return from injury in Tasmania, which could mean Starc will be left out to recover from the injury niggles he is carrying after a busy series.

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Starc says the decision is out of his hands but one thing is certain, he will not be asking for a break.

"It's purely up to the selectors," Starc told reporters. "I'm not looking for a break. It's the last Test match of an Ashes series at home. It's a pink ball too.

"Feeling good. Obviously we've had a couple of days now to get ready for the fifth Test.

"Hopefully it's not my turn to rest. I'd very much like to play. I guess it's in the hands of selectors. But I won't be asking for a rest."

Hobart day-night Test

It would be a bold call to leave Starc out considering he is the world's all-time leading wicket-taker in day-night Tests and is sure to thrive with the pink ball.

Australia will be looking to bounce back after drawing with England in the fourth Test and Starc wants to play his part.

"It would have been been really nice to take that final wicket but ultimately it was a fantastic game of cricket," the 31-year-old added. "Different conditions here, different ball."

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