The injury to Usman Khawaja has been a massive blow to the Australians, as he seemed to be in great nick. Khawaja’s absence from the day and night test in Adelaide, will mean that a spot in the middle order will be up for grabs. Confirming about Khawaja’s absence, skipper Steve Smith said that he would bat at number 3, Khawaja’s position.
In the domestic setup, there are a few choices for the Australians. Off late, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell have been in good form, and ignoring them will be difficult for the Australian selectors. “It depends who comes in but I think I’ll probably bump myself up to No. 3 with Usman being out,” Smith said. “I’ll keep that spot warm for him until he comes back.”
Speaking about the prospect of the Pink ball, Smith said, “We played the Shield game with the pink ball in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago and the ball stayed together pretty well. I think there was eight millimetres of grass on that wicket and it’s likely to be a pretty similar wicket for the Test match next week. Hopefully saying that the ball stays in shape the same way it did a couple of weeks ago.”
Smith looked back at the second test and reflected his views, “It would have been nice to get about 360 off about 65-70 overs. It was obviously pretty hard, I thought they bowled really well. As we saw there at the back end, the wicket was still extremely good so I didn’t want to give them much of a sniff. The two guys out there at the end, we’ve struggled to get them out this Test match. Well, Kane in both Test matches.”