Australia have used Mitchell Starcs imminent selection for the second Test against South Africa in Hobart - in contradiction of medical data indicating he will be at high injury risk - as proof the tail isnt wagging the dog in terms of selection decisions around the national team.Responding to various strains of criticism about the way the nations 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.Beakley described Starcs recovery from a serious leg wound to play in Perth as amazing, and admitted that CA had stretched their own conventions around fast bowling to allow him to play. Medical staff work back up to six weeks from the start of a Test match to figure out a steady rise in a bowlers workload to ensure he is ready for the Test, but Starc had only two weeks of bowling before taking part at the WACA Ground.Its well known we had two fast bowlers going into that Test who were underdone, Beakley said. Starcy played the Shield match about five and a half weeks post his knee injury, which is amazing he got back that quickly. Three weeks immobilised in a knee brace, a couple of weeks bowling preparation under his belt to play in the Shield match.Its pretty rare in Test cricket to bowl 50 overs in a Test match and weve had two guys do it in this Test match. Theres some pretty good research around that showing you are at increased risk of injury after that. The fact hes got through that amount of bowling is testament to him and his resilience.Lehmann stated that despite heightened injury risk associated with Starcs heavy lifting in Perth, he would be playing in Hobart. That decision follows on from the calculated gamble taken on the fitness of Peter Siddle, who has withdrawn from the second Test squad due to a flare-up of his recently healed back stress fracture.We make the final call at the end when were selecting them, but obviously we take all the info into account for that, Lehmann said. Weve just got to make sure we do the best we can. We just try to pick the best side each and every time.Youre speaking to the bowler first and foremost as well, if the players uncomfortable theyll tell us, tell the medical staff first and then the selectors. Thats how open we are. Both players were really comfortable getting through the Test match, obviously that didnt happen. Thats not an ideal scenario but were all happy to take that risk.Its always a challenge. But its about knowing your players, speaking to the medical staff and making a call from there. Also its whats the wicket going to do, is it going to rain, will it be a flat wicket, youve got to take it all into consideration. If we were going to do that [rest Starc] I wouldnt have thought he wouldve bowled today.Lehmann said he was careful in working with the medical staff to ensure that injury minimisation did not preclude players from spending enough time working on their skills. I would only have a problem if our blokes arent bowling and their skill levels not good enough, he said.So thats the biggest thing, their skill level is very good, obviously missing some high profile players at the moment, but the skill level and making sure our batters get to face our bowlers so they can improve. Obviously they probably need to bowl more now. But skill level is very important for me, so in terms of structuring skill sessions we dont miss out.He also underlined a commitment to put the national team ahead of the interests of the states, after criticism that neither Starc nor Josh Hazlewood bowled enough in their lone Sheffield Shield match before the WACA Test. I totally understand that [criticism], but we need Australia to win though, thats first and foremost and we dont get the chance to have a pre-season, he said. So weve got to find one somewhere, wherever we get it. State medical staff and coaches are great, and they understand.Beakley, who replaced Alex Kountouris as the teams prime touring physio last year, explained the rationale behind managing fast bowler workloads. The notion that bowling workload monitoring is about restricting bowlers from bowling is certainly not the case from our perspective, he said. Its about building up their loads in a smart way so theyre adequately prepared for what theyre going to face in the match. Thats the basis behind it.How we do that is usually based around some of the evidence thats come out of research that bowlers are far more likely to get injured through workload spikes. If you double your workload from one week to the next, youre far more likely to get injured the following week. We know on average theyre going to bowl about 120 balls an innings, about 240 balls a Test match. We work back from that in the preceding weeks to build them up so theyve got that amount of workload under their belts so they dont spike too much in a Test.The body responds to a dose of exercise by increasing the resilience to the structures that are going to be put under load. Whether thats bone, soft tissues, tendon, ligaments, whatever. This is a process that takes weeks, months or years in some cases to develop. Its not something where you can say bowl this week so youre hardened next week for a Shield match, it doesnt work like that. It takes a minimum of six weeks for that hardening to occur. So we work back through what the bowlers achieved over the previous four weeks to see what will adequately prepare them for the following week.Sports science studies in the early 1980s showed that fast bowler injury rates were troublingly high - around 50% in Perth grade cricket. Over the past decade these have been reduced to between 15-25%, peaking in 2011 when one in every four fast bowlers in Australian first-class cricket were injured.Through a greater emphasis on sports science to reduce injury rates, the figure came down to 17% in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Beakley reckoned that had increased somewhat in the past year, though CA figures for 2015-16 arent yet available. Cheap Wild Jerseys . 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So we wanted to jump into the bandwagon, Kasi Viswanathan, the TNCA secretary, told ESPNcricinfo. The details [of tender process] will be finalised by the end of April, and the matches will be played in two venues - Chennai and Dindigul. It will be a great opportunity to improve infrastructure within the districts.N Srinivasan, the TNCA president, is understood to have shot down a proposal for such a league three years ago. It is believed his green signal for the league, which will be modeled on the Karnataka Premier League, could be a small step towards making himself more relevant in the larger context.TNCA officials have murmured privately about how the current BCCI dispensation has been vindictive towards Srinivasan, the former board pressident and ICC chairman, by allotting four non-televised Womens World T20 matches to Chennai.dddddddddddd. 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