‘Fragile’ Australian fast bowlers need to accept ‘reality of rotation’
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Fragile Australian fast bowlers need to accept the fact that selector's contentious rotational policy is the reality of the life after Jackson Bird's shock Test debut at the expense of a resting Mitchell Starc highlights pace men no longer play series, they play blocks of matches, according to cricket writer Malcolm Conn.
"After bowling almost 100 overs in the past two Tests, data from Australia''s support staff highlights that Starc is at serious risk of breaking down if he continues playing," Conn wrote in his column for News.com.au. "That he is just 22 and has only six Tests to his credit reinforces that view, meaning he will play just one of the next two Tests. It will be devastating for Starc missing the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, the biggest day on the cricketing calendar," he added. "A significant injury now means he would struggle to prove his fitness for the Indian tour from mid February and fall back in the queue for the Ashes mid-year," he further wrote. Conn added: "This is not the first time Australia will use its often talked about rotation policy but it will be the most contentious after Starc claimed 14 wickets in the past two Tests, including a match-winning 5-63 on the last day in Hobart."
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