Paceman Starc to play with open wound

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Australia quick Mitchell Starc is determined to play the first Test against South Africa at the WACA despite having an open wound on his leg.

Starc was injured in a freak training accident after the tour to Sri Lanka, the fast bowler collided with a set of metal stumps that cut open his leg.

The left-armer could wear a specially made knee pad that would allow him to dive in the field safely.

Starc said: “I’ve got a knee pad that I’ve got to trial today at training, so we’ll see how that goes.

“It’s just a big bit of padding that is going to sit on top of my knee and I’ll see how I go in the field and see if that works, or how comfortable it can be while I’m bowling.

“It’s still open, (need to) clean it every day, put a patch on it and away you go .. it’s not bleeding, it’s healing nicely. It’s all clean.

“It’s probably about a one centimetre gap.”

The first Test against the Proteas gets underway on Thursday November 3.

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