Paceman Starc to play with open wound


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.