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Starc wants to play all five Ashes Tests to prepare for Hobart

Mitchell Starc wants to be the only Australian fast bowler to play in all five Ashes Tests after declaring himself fit and eager to play the fifth of the day and night in Hobart this week Contest.

Concerns about Starc’s workload were sparked after he took just one wicket in his fourth Test in Sydney, but the southpaw was quick to laugh off the idea that it was his turn to rest. “I hope not, it’s a pink ball game,” Stark told reporters in Hobart on Wednesday, after scoring 52 points in nine day and night Tests.

“I feel good. We have a few days to prepare for the fifth Test.

“I’m not looking for breaks,” he added. “It’s the last Test match of the Ashes series and it’s the pink ball. I want to play so badly. I think it’s in the hands of the selectors, but I won’t ask for a break.”

Despite a dramatic draw in Sydney, Australia will lead 3-0 in the final Test of the series after big wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. Captain Pat Cummins has missed a second Test due to the COVID-19 protocol, while third member of Australia’s regular pace offense, Josh Hazlewood, has been sidelined since the opener with a side injury.

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Pessman Scott Boland, who debuted in Melbourne as Cummins’ replacement and backed in a similar style in Sydney, has a rib problem that could keep him out of the race in Hobart.

If Boland is left out, Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson are bowling in Adelaide with Starc in the first day and night match of the series. “The bowlers who came into the group were great from the start, they played their part brilliantly,” Stark said.

“Scotty has been a sensation.”

Of Starc’s 15 wickets in the series, including the spectacular dismissal of Rory Burns in the first ball of the first Test, six were in the Adelaide Test during the day appeared. “I’ve always maintained that I found the pink ball to be more of a white ball than a red ball,” Stark said when asked to explain the secret to his success.

“Whether it has anything to do with the way I approach white-ball cricket, I’m not sure.”

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