Starc to play in Hobart despite injury risk

Australia have used Mitchell Starc's imminent selection for the second Test against South Africa in Hobart - in contradiction of medical data indicating he will be at high injury risk.

Responding to various strains of criticism about the way the nation's fast bowlers are managed, the team physio David Beakley, the strength and conditioning coach Aaron Kellett and the doctor Peter Brukner spoke alongside the coach Darren Lehmann about the theories behind fast bowling workload management and how much influence the high performance arm of Cricket Australia, led by Pat Howard, has on selection.

Medical staff work back up to six weeks from the start of a Test match to figure out a steady rise in a bowler's workload to ensure he is ready for the Test, but Starc had only two weeks of bowling before taking part at the WACA Ground.

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