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Shane Warne Picked His Ideal Australian Playing XI For The 1st Ashes Test

Shane Warne has picked his ideal Australian playing XI for the 1st Test match. Shane Warne feels that Marcus Harris and David Warner should open the batting for the Australian side.

The duo of Marnus Labuschagne and Steven Smith will occupy the No.3 and No.4 positions in the batting lineup. Travis Head and Cameron Green will walk in at No.5 and No.6 in Shane Warne’s Australian playing XI.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne Picked His Ideal Australian Playing 11 For The 1st Ashes Test Starting December 8; The Former Spinner Picked Josh Inglis Instead Of Alex Carey.

The hugely awaited Ashes series between Australia and England is scheduled to begin in less than a week’s time. The two teams will lock horns in the 1st Test at The Gabba in Brisbane on 8th December 2021. Reports have stated that Alex Carey is all set to make his Test debut for the kangaroos in the 1st Test. However, Shane Warne has not picked Alex Carey in his XI. Instead, the leg-spin bowling wizard has opted for Josh Inglis as his wicket-keeper.

Alex Carey--Getty Images
Alex Carey–Getty Images

The Australian side has announced its final 15-member squad for the 1st and 2nd Ashes Test matches against visitors England. It has been confirmed that wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey will be making his Test debut for the kangaroos. The 1st Test is scheduled to commence on 8th December 2021. The previous Ashes series between England and Australia ended in a 2-2 draw.

Shane Warne Picked Pacers Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, And Josh Hazlewood Besides Spinner Nathan Lyon, Leaving Out Pacer Mitchell Starc

The bowling attack will comprise 3 fast bowlers and 1 spinner. The 3 pacers who will take the field for the Aussies for the 1st Test, according to Shane Warne, are skipper Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson, and Josh Hazlewood. The lone spinner’s spot in the side will be taken up by veteran spinner Nathan Lyon.

Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)
Mitchell Starc (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shane Warne is arguably the greatest bowler to have played for the Australian side in Test match cricket. The spin wizard Shane Warne picked up a staggering 708 wickets in his Test career and scalped a stunning 37 five-wicket hauls in the whites. He retired from the game in the year 2007.

Usman Khawaja has been recalled to Australia‘s 15-man squad to face England in the 2021-22 Ashes series, while Alex Carey was a late addition after regular skipper Tim Paine stepped away from the sport to take an “indefinite mental health break”.

Shane Warne’s Australia playing XI for 1st Ashes Test: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Josh Inglis, Pat Cummins (C), Jhye Richardson, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

Australia squad for 1st and 2nd Test: Pat Cummins (C), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith (VC), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
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Marcus Harris Is Confident That Tim Paine Has Got The Support Of His Teammates

Marcus Harris, an Australia batsman, is confident that Tim Paine has the support of all the players, saying that the former Test skipper and head coach Justin Langer are yet to address the squad.

Marcus Harris also revealed that the playing group found out about Tim Paine’s decision to step down just 30 minutes before he faced in the media on Friday.

Marcus Harris (AP Photo)
Marcus Harris (AP Photo)

Marcus Harris: News About Tim Paine’s Scandal Was A Shock

Marcus Harris, as expected, got the nod for Ashes 2021/22 in the absence of concussion-hit Will Pucovski and is expected to open alongside David Warner, fresh from his exploits in helping Australia win the Twenty20 World Cup.

“There wasn’t much time to digest it, but it was a shock,” Harris told reporters on Wednesday.

“Tim’s obviously been a greater leader around the group, he’s always been really good to me and my family – our hearts went out for Tim, and Bonnie, and the kids and his family. As long as it’s COVID-safe I’ll give him a hug,” he added.

Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)
Australia Captain Tim Paine has stepped down from the role (Mike Egerton/PA) (PA Archive)

Tim Paine stepped down as Australia’s Test skipper on Friday after it emerged that he had sent an unsolicited explicit image of himself along with a string of lewd messages to a female co-worker in 2017, months before he was made captain, following the Sandpaper Gate scandal where then skipper Steve Smith was axed for a year.

Steve Smith, his deputy David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned by Cricket Australia (CA) for different duration, not exceeding one year, over their role in the ball-tampering episode — also termed Sandpaper-gate scandal — in the 2018 Test series in South Africa.

“He’s done a really good job in the last few years, under tough circumstances. You’d probably still argue that he’s still the best gloveman in the country, and he still played some really important innings last summer against India. I know he’s got the support of all the players,” said Harris, who has played all his 10 Tests under Paine’s captaincy.

The Test opener said the players have reached out to the wicketkeeper individually, but Justin Langer and Tim Paine haven’t addressed the squad directly. Marcus Harris, who has played all of his 10 Test matches under the leadership of Tim Paine, said that he has the support of all players and also mentioned that he personally messaged him.

“Probably everyone’s spoken to him personally, I sent him a message the other day and spoke to him a little bit. Obviously Painey’s a very popular member of the group.”

In September, Tim Paine, who had gone under the knife to fix a bulging disc in his neck, is the only stumper in Australia’s 15-player squad for the Ashes, which was announced before he stepped down. The development comes weeks ahead of the five-Test Ashes series against traditional rivals England. The first Test begins in Brisbane on December 8.

Marcus Harris: Australia Have Got Leaders In The Group

Marcus Harris is confident there are several players in the squad who can step up and lead the side.

“People were a bit shocked, but we’ve got leaders around our group – so it’s not ideal, but someone’s going to have to step up and lead from the front and there’s plenty of people who can do that job.”

Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tim Paine is expected to play an intra-squad match, starting December 1, but they’re still isn’t clear if he will be included in the playing XI after the recent developments.

Cricket Australia is yet to name a successor for Tim Paine, but senior pace bowler Pat Cummins and swashbuckling batter Steve Smith remain the front-runners for the post. Marcus Harris said Australia has many potential leaders in the team to take over the captaincy from Tim Paine. Marnus Labuschagne revealed his captaincy ambitions just this week but is yet to lead his state and has played only 18 Tests.

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
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Australia Will Take Confidence Into Ashes After Winning Maiden T20I World Cup: Pat Cummins

Australia is absolutely “buzzing” after clinching their maiden T20I World Cup title defeating New Zealand in the final. It will bring that confidence into their Ashes 2021/22 series against England, fast bowler Pat Cummins said on Wednesday.

Australia beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the T20 decider on Sunday and has six players from the championship-winning outfit in their Ashes squad.

Australia- Aaron Finch's team beat New Zealand in the final to win their maiden T20 World Cup title (ICC)
Australia- Aaron Finch’s team beat New Zealand in the final to win their maiden T20 World Cup title (ICC)

Australia Will Take Confidence From Winning T20I World Cup 2021: Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins, who, along with fellow quicks Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, shared in the triumph in Dubai, said capturing the elusive title was a huge spur for the home summer.

“Absolutely, I think we’ll take confidence from it,” vice-captain Cummins told reporters on Wednesday. “It’s a different format but you saw somebody like (batter) Davey Warner, player of the tournament, that’s going to have huge confidence for him going into the summer.”

Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

“As an Australian side, I think we all probably felt like we’ve underperformed a little bit in the last few years, haven’t won as many games as we’d probably expect. So to get back out and win a title on the world stage … it can be era-defining for a side. So everyone’s just absolutely buzzing, really excited for what’s next.”

Australia has not played a test since losing to India at the Gabba in January, which saw the hosts fall to a 2-1 series defeat as the tour to South Africa and the one-off Test against Afghanistan didn’t happen. As a result, the World Cup-winning players arrived home on Tuesday and have little time to get accustomed to red-ball cricket.

Currently undergoing a two-week COVID-19 quarantine in southern Queensland, they are able to train with each other during their isolation but will have only one three-day warmup match with other squad players in Brisbane before the Dec. 8 Ashes opener at the Gabba.

Pat Cummins Feels Fresh, And There’s No Niggles

Pat Cummins played down concerns that Australia might be underprepared.

“I always feel it’s better to be underdone than overdone coming into a big Test series,” he said.

“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years. There’s no niggles, I feel really fresh. I think we’ve given ourselves the best chance to bowl plenty of overs and do well this summer.”

Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Veteran Usman Khawaja and middle-order batsman Travis Head were recalled to Australia’s squad for the opening two Ashes Tests against England Wednesday, with incumbent number five Matthew Wade axed. Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson were also in the 15-man line-up as back-up for the fast-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood after the shock retirement of James Pattinson last month.

Marcus Harris, as expected, got the nod in the absence of concussion-hit Will Pucovski and is expected to open alongside David Warner, fresh from his exploits in helping Australia win the Twenty20 World Cup on Sunday. But there was no place for his fellow World Cup standout performer and Man of the final Mitchell Marsh, despite calls for the all-rounder to be given another chance at Test level.

Usman Khawaja, who has scored 2877 runs in 44 Tests at an average of 40.66, has not played for Australia since August 2019. Usman Khwaja had since played 44 Test, 40 ODI, and 9 T20I matches for Australia.

Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
Australia’s Pat Cummins celebrates during a match against England in the 2019 Ashes, in London. File photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
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Pat Cummins Feels He Is As Fresh As He Has Ever Felt Before Ashes 2021/22

Pat Cummins, an Australia vice-captain, feels he is as fresh as he has ever felt coming into a Test series but says he would be surprised if Australia persists with the same four-man pace attack throughout all five Ashes Tests, something they did against India last summer, in a losing cause.
Pat Cummins has returned to Australia and is into hotel quarantine on the Gold Coast on Tuesday with the majority of the triumphant 2021 T20I World Cup-winning squad to begin their Ashes 2021/22 preparation. He hasn’t played a first-class match since February 2021.
Since April, Pat Cummins has only featured in seven T20Is, having opted out of the limited-overs tours to the Caribbean and Bangladesh during Australia’s winter. He also missed the second half of the IPL 2021 prior to the World Cup to be home for the birth of his son.
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters.

Pat Cummins Said There’s No Niggles As He Feels Fresh For Ashes 2021/22

Australia will only have one three-day intra-squad match to prepare for the first Ashes Test starting December 8, but Pat Cummins has no concerns about his personal preparation.
“My body feels as good as it has in a couple of years. There’s no niggles,” Pat Cummins said. “I think the first, I guess, benefit of the short spells is we’re all feeling really fresh. I always feel like it’s better to be underdone than overdone coming into a big Test series.
“For now it’s just trying to work back from that day one, get a few good bowls in, I think. We’ve got access to quite a few center wickets. So we’ll have three, four, five center wickets where we try and have relatively big days, you know, bowl a couple of spells on those days. And we’ll be ready to go. And we had a similar prep last year and all felt really good going into that Adelaide first Test, ” Pat Cummins said.
Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc played all four Tests against India last year, but the plan backfired as the trio tired on the final days in Sydney and Brisbane and were unable to bowl out India in either game as the visitors produced a famous come-from-behind series win.
Australia rotated their bowlers heavily in the 2019 Ashes series, using Peter Siddle and James Pattinson as specialists in those conditions. Pat Cummins was the only one of the five Australian fast bowlers used in that series to play all five Tests, and he expects that there will be some rotation again this summer.
“When someone’s I guess rested it is normally more to it than just purely workload,” Pat Cummins said. “There’s always niggles and small little injuries that we’re dealing with, basically after every single Test match.”
“The great thing is we’ve got a huge stable of fast bowlers. So yeah, I don’t think it’ll be a huge issue if someone’s not able to get up for a Test or someone’s just red-lining a little bit. Someone else can slot in.”
“I’d be surprised if the same four bowlers were used for all five Tests. That’s pretty rare, especially the five-Test match summer. But I certainly won’t be putting my hand up to be rested unless I’ve got something going wrong.”
Michael Neser | Getty
Michael Neser | Getty Images.
Jhye Richardson is firming as a certainty to play a part in the upcoming Ashes series, having not played a Test match since 2019 when he dislocated his shoulder in the lead-up to the 2019 World Cup and the then Ashes tour. In recent years, Michael Neser has also been a constant presence in Australia’s Test squads and could also make his Test debut this summer despite coming off a hamstring injury.
“I think both can slot in really well,” Cummins said. “It might be like-for-like maybe in some regards. I’d say probably Jhye, especially last week, I only saw a little bit but apparently, he bowled beautifully up here at the Gabba.”
“It’s really great to see him back around the squad. He was on the verge of a World Cup and an Ashes series a couple of years ago before having a shoulder injury, so it’s great to see him get back and bowling well, fully fit, and hopefully he kind of starts off where he left off against Sri Lanka a few years ago.”
Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson were in the 15-man line-up as back-up for the fast-bowling attack of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood after the shock retirement of James Pattinson last month.

George Bailey Impressed By Jhye Richardson’s Form

The 15-man Ashes squad for the first two Tests, as well as an Australia A squad, was announced on Wednesday. Chairman of selectors George Bailey was also impressed by Jhye Richardson’s form leading into the Ashes series following his Player of the Match performance for Western Australia against Queensland at the Gabba last week, where he took eight wickets, including 5 for 23 from 22.2 overs in the second innings.
“Getting pretty excited by Jhye,” Bailey said. “One physically, I think he looks as strong as I’ve seen ever seen him.”
Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. Image Credits: Twitter.
“He’s had a couple of niggles, and he’s worked his way back from those so he’s starting to build some resilience into his body, still a young body.

“I think he’s worked his way into the last three shield games quite nicely, but one particular spell I think it was the morning of day [three], a really impressive spell early on, I think he ended up ended up getting the wickets of Marnus [Labuschagne] and Joe Burns, who both commented that it was it was impressive quality.”

Veteran Usman Khawaja and middle-order batsman Travis Head were recalled to Australia’s squad for the opening two Ashes Tests against England Wednesday, with incumbent number five Matthew Wade axed. Marcus Harris, as expected, got the nod in the absence of concussion-hit Will Pucovski and is expected to open alongside David Warner. But there was no place for his fellow World Cup standout performer in the final — Mitchell Marsh.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (capt), Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, David Warner

Unmukt Chand had shot to prominence when he captained India Under-19 to victory in the 2012 World Cup. (File Photo/BCCI)
Unmukt Chand had shot to prominence when he captained India Under-19 to victory in the 2012 World Cup. (File Photo/BCCI)
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Unmukt Chand Becomes First Male Indian Cricketer To Be Signed By Australia’s Big Bash League Franchise Melbourne Renegades

Unmukt Chand, a former India U-19 captain, became the first Indian male cricketer to be signed by Australia’s Big Bash League.

He is set to represent the Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades, the franchise confirmed on Thursday. The 28-year-old Delhi cricketer never played at the senior international level but had played for India A and captained India Under-19 in the 2012 World Cup. He scored a century in the final against Australia that featured the likes of Travis Head and Ashton Turner.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

Unmukt Chand Excited To Be Part Of Melbourne Renegades

Earlier in the month of August, Unmukt Chand drew curtains on his Indian cricketing career, stating that he would like to explore more opportunities ‘across the world’. He had also represented the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played 67 first-class matches in the domestic circuit. Therefore, Unmukt Chand was delighted to be a part of the BBL.

He said, “I’m very excited, it’s great to be part of the Melbourne Renegades family. I’ve always followed the Big Bash and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play some good cricket.”

Unmukt Chand retired from Indian cricket in 2021 to search for opportunities elsewhere Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Unmukt Chand retired from Indian cricket in 2021 to search for opportunities elsewhere Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going. I’ve always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before… I know for a fact there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well,” he added.

Unmukt Chand has signed on to play the upcoming Big Bash League season for the Melbourne Renegades. The 28-year-old becomes the first Indian to play in the tournament, though a number of Indian women have been part of the Women’s Big Bash League over the years. A top-order batter, Unmukt Chand hit a match-winning century in the final of the Under-19 World Cup in 2012 against Australia and was fast-tracked within a year to India A captaincy.

However, a massive dip in form that led to dwindling returns didn’t help nail down a permanent position, both at the IPL and with his state team, Delhi.

Unmukt Chand Is Currently Based In The USA And Was The Player Of The Minor Cricket League Tournament

Unmukt Chand is currently based in the United States. He represented the Silicon Valley Strikers and was named the player of the tournament as his team won the Minor League Cricket title in September. He will travel to Australia later this month and be available for the duration of the tournament.

“It’s great to have Unmukt on board and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do as a Renegade. He makes history as the first Indian player in the BBL, which is exciting for our club, our fans and the competition,” General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.

Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES
Shaun Marsh playing for Australia – GETTY IMAGES

“We believe we’re assembling a well-rounded group, with a nice mix of experience and exciting, young talent. Our list is close to finalised, but we look forward to sharing some more exciting news with our fans in the run to the season.”

He began his Minor League career in America by leading his team Silicon Valley to the title. In all, he has played 77 T20s since making his debut in 2010 and has an average of 22.35 and a strike rate of 116.09. In Melbourne Renegades BBL squad, apart from skipper Aaron Finch, who is also Australia’s limited-overs skipper, and Unmukt Chand, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson are in the list.

Melbourne Renegades BBL Squad: Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Boyce, Unmukt Chand, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Nic Maddinson, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitchell Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Reece Topley

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Cheteshwar Pujara Batted Like An Australian In Brisbane – Marcus Harris

Marcus Harris, the Australian left-handed batter, was left awestruck with Cheteshwar Pujara’s batting in the fourth Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy earlier this year in January. At The Gabba in Brisbane, deemed as Australia’s fortress, Cheteshwar Pujara got scores of 25 and 56, but it’s his resilience in the middle that garnered him praises from Marcus Harris, pundits, and the netizens.

During his stay, Cheteshwar Pujara copped a few blows on the body, however, didn’t show any signs of anguish. Marcus Harris, who was a part of the game, went on to say that Cheteshwar Pujara batted like an Australian because of the way he staved off the opposition bowling.

Marcus Harris (AP Photo)
Marcus Harris (AP Photo)

Marcus Harris: Cheteshwar Pujara Batted Like An Australian While Rishabh Pant’s Innings Was Unbelievable

Marcus Harris, who made 43 in the match, also had words of praises for Rishabh Pant, who was adjudged as the Player of the Match for scoring an unbeaten 89 in the fourth innings. The 28-year-old Marcus Harris put forth his views while speaking on the ‘Cricket Life Stories’ YouTube channel.

“The final day was amazing to watch. We were thinking the whole day if they would go for the runs or not. I think Rishabh played the best innings that day, but for Pujara to be copping an absolute barrage from everyone, it felt like he batted a bit like an Australian, taking everything on the chest and getting on with it. The rest of the team just batted around him,” Marcus Harris told.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]

“Rishabh Pant’s innings was unbelievable. Everyone says he has magic in him, and he has shown that a few times now. It was disappointing to lose the series but sometimes in cricket you just have to tip your hat and say they were too good for us,” Marcus Harris added.

After being set a target of 328, India lost the early wicket of Rohit Sharma to Pat Cummins. But Cheteshwar Pujara and Shubman Gill’s 114-run stand for the second wicket set the tone for the rest of the run-chase.

Against Australia, in 2020-21, he scored 271 runs in 4 matches at an average of 33.87. As he played at a strike rate of 29.20, his intent was under heavy scrutiny. On 19 January 2021, during the fourth Test match against Australia on The Gabba, Cheteshwar Pujara scored his slowest Test half-century ever. He reached his half-century on the 196th ball that he faced and passed his old record of a 174 ball half-century against Australia in 2020.

Shubman Gill’s 91 And Rishabh Pant’s Unbeaten 89 Saw India Breach Australia’s Gabba Fortress After 32 Years

Shubman Gill was unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test ton as he got out on 91. However, Rishabh Pant’s belligerence coupled with Washington Sundar’s 29-ball 22 made sure that India got over the finishing line and emerge victorious to seal the series 2-1.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

As the action moved to Gabba for the final game of the series – a venue where Australia had not lost a Test match since 1988, no one gave India a chance, and yet, the visitors proved everyone wrong, winning the match by three wickets, with Rishabh Pant once again leading India’s charge with an unbeaten 89, along with half-centuries from Cheteshwar Pujara (56) and young Shubman Gill (91). Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5.

Will Pucovski Injured
Will Pucovski Injured
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Will Pucovski Will Be Replaced By Marcus Harris If He Fails To Recover: Justin Langer

Will Pucovski, an opening batsman who debuted in Sydney Test has a partially dislocated shoulder and Marcus Harris would replace him if he fails to recover in time for the fourth and final Test against India at Brisbane this week, Australia head coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday.

Will Pucovski suffered the injury during the Sydney Test, which was his debut in the longest format of the game.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

Will Pucovski Had A Sore Shoulder Before He Fell: Justin Langer

The 22-year-old was injured while diving on the field and will be reassessed by Australia before the fourth Test begins on January 15. Will Pucovski faces an anxious wait to see if he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for the fourth and final Vodafone Test against India, with Australia giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

“Will had a sore shoulder before he fell, he was actually going to have a scan after that day’s play anyway, just to see what was happening,” Justin Langer said at a virtual press conference.

Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We will see how he pulls up today, we are really hopeful that he will get up and if he doesn’t, then the obvious thing would be Marcus Harris would come in as an opener,” he added.

Will Pucovski injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in 3rd Test. The opener made a memorable debut as he played an assured knock of 62 in the first innings of his debut Test. Although some poor sloppy fielding from the Indian players helped his cause, he looked in control for most of his innings.

Will Pucovski Mentally Is Going To Be Exhausted And Australian Management Will Keep An Eye On Him: Justin Langer

Justin Langer said he is quite optimistic about the batsman pulling through. Australia confirmed Will Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder.

“Will is a young guy, he has just played his first Test. So mentally he’s going to be exhausted anyway. We will keep an eye on how he pulls up today. With shoulders, as long as he can bat OK and catch, it’s not as big a deal in Test cricket, we’re really hopeful he will get up, we will probably know by tonight,” Justin Langer added.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer (Image Credit: Google)

Will Pucovski, who has suffered numerous concessions, made an impressive start to his Test career, scoring a half-century on debut. On the other hand, Marcus Harris has so far played nine Test matches for Australia scoring 385 runs, including two fifties, with the highest score of 79. The four-match series is tied at 1-1 currently with the hosts winning the pink-ball opener in Adelaide and India emerging triumphant in Melbourne. The third game in Sydney ended in a draw.

Will Pucovski, Futures League, Suspected Concussion, Australia, Victoria Bushrangers
Puckovski lead Victoria from the front. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Will Pucovski Suffered Shoulder Injury, Will Be Reassessed On The Eve Of 4th Test

Will Pucovski faces an anxious wait to see if he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for the fourth and final Vodafone Test against India, with Australia giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Australia confirmed Will Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder.

I'm Pumped To Take Up The Challenge Against India: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Will Pucovski To Continue Rehabilitation, Decision Will Be Made Prior To 4th Test

Will Pucovski joins the injury list with a shoulder complaint. In clear discomfort and holding his right shoulder after the dive, he soon left the field and was later sent for scans.

“He will continue rest and rehabilitation over the next two days before a decision is made on his fitness for the fourth Vodafone Test match,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

If he is unable to recover from the injury, it could mean a fifth opening batsman to be used by Australia in four Tests, with Marcus Harris already in the extended 18 man Test squad. Will Pucovski scored a stylish 62 in the first innings in Sydney, prompting former Test captain Ricky Ponting to declare the youngster a 10-year Test player.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Opening partner David Warner also admitted on Monday he still felt nervous about his groin injury, as his return from a lengthy layoff coincided with the back-to-back Tests. If Will Pucovski wasn’t deemed fit, Australia would again face a dilemma with options at the top of the order. David Warner scored 5 and 13 and wasn’t looking at ease.

Marcus Harris May Be Recalled Or Matthew Wade Could Bat Again As Opener

Having already dropped Joe Burns from the squad, Marcus Harris remains in the extended group and could be an option to be recalled.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

The other option would likely be returning Matthew Wade to the top, allowing Travis Head to make a comeback in Brisbane after being axed for Sydney.

The surprising fact is Shaun Marsh was omitted despite his performance atop the order in Sheffield Shield but his age considering 37-years-old and experience of 38 Tests where he didn’t make most of the opportunity averaging moderately 34.31 may have prompted the selectors to think otherwise.

Another contender 33-year-old Usman Khawaja has played 44 Tests for Australia and averages a very respectable 40.66. However, in the five matches where he has opened the innings, his average jumps to 96.80 at Test level. But he never managed to cement his place in the Test squad.

First Test: Australia won by eight wickets

Second Test: India won by eight wickets

Third Test: Match drawn

Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba

Marcus Harris, Australia vs India 2018
Marcus Harris (Credits - Getty)
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Marcus Harris Added Into Australian Test Squad For 1st Test

Marcus Harris, the opening batsman, was added to the Test squad as announced by Cricket Australia (CA) for the first Test which will be a day-night affair at Adelaide.

Marcus Harris was drafted into the squad as a late inclusion after openers David Warner and Will Pucovski were ruled out for injuries and subsequently becoming unavailable for the first test.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

Marcus Harris Been In Outstanding Form For Victoria And Played Both Tour Games: Trevor Hohns

Marcus Harris has played only 9 tests representing Australia in the longer format and was in the squad who retained the Ashes in England last year. He scored 355 runs averaging 118.33 in two Sheffield Shield matches for Victoria this season, highlighted by a brilliant 239 against South Australia.

“Given the spate of injuries in recent weeks, we’re fortunate to be able to bring a player of Marcus’ calibre into the Test squad. Marcus has been in outstanding form for Victoria this season and has had the benefit of facing India’s bowlers in both three-day tour matches at Drummoyne and under lights at the SCG,” National Selector Trevor Hohns was quoted as saying in an official release.’

Trevor Hohns
Trevor Hohns Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Marcus Harris played 9 tests and scored 385 runs averaging 24.06. In first-class cricket, he played 98 matches and averages 39.14. He debuted in 2018 against India at Adelaide and played his last test in September 2019 against England. He will possibly open with Joe Burns who isn’t in a form in the 1st Test.

Trevor Hohns: Disappointed For David Warner And Will Pucovski Both Of Whom Will Be Unavailable For 1st Test

David Warner, who is in great form in international matches in both tests and limited-overs, suffered a groin injury and had injured his adductor muscle while fielding during the second ODI against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).

Will Pucovski was concussed while batting for Australia A in 2nd innings receiving a blow in helmet off Kartik Tyagi bouncer in the tour match against India at Drummoyne Oval last week. Both batsmen will now target a return to the Australian team for the 2nd test – the Boxing Day Test.

Will Pucovski.
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“At the same time, we are disappointed for David and Will that they will not be available for the first Vodafone Test. We have taken a conservative approach in managing Will since he sustained the concussion and hope he and David will be back to full health ahead of the Boxing Day Test,” he added.

India and Australia clash in the first Test at Adelaide Oval, beginning December 17 which will be the only match where Virat Kohli will be seen in action. The contest will be played under lights as it is a pink-ball Test-India’s first overseas one.

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Shaun Marsh Can Be Considered As A Stop-Gap Option: Allan Border

Shaun Marsh can be considered a stop-gap option in the top of the order in the injury-hit Australian squad, feels former Australian skipper Allan Border.

In a conversation, with The West Australia, Allan Border suggested the idea to include 37-year-old Shaun Marsh who has been in good form in recent Sheffield Shield Matches scoring 3 tons and a 88 run score in last six innings for West Australia since October. But he hasn’t been named in practice matches as the selection of the opening pair might depend on excellent performers in Australia A’s final tour game against India A starting December 11.

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Shaun Marsh Could Be One Of Those Stop-Gap Guys Given Experience Needed Atop The Batting Order: Allan Border

Australia is currently struggling with some major injury concerns ahead of the 4 test match Border-Gavaskar trophy, beginning from December 17 with a day-night affair in Adelaide.

Australia received a huge blow after in form opener David Warner was ruled out of the opening first Test due to a groin injury. Meanwhile, Will Pucovski, who was in line for a debut for the opening Test, is now a doubtful starter for the first test after suffering a concussion in the first warm-up game. Another opener Joe Burns is also currently not in form scoring 4 and 0 in the first warm-up game.

Shaun Marsh.
Shaun Marsh. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“And right out of the left field, I think maybe even Shaun Marsh could be one of those stop-gap guys given the experience we need at the top of the order,” Allan Border said.

Shaun Marsh has played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs and 15 T20Is but his last test came in 2019 against India at Sydney. Shaun Marsh scored 31,110 not out,6, 115, 88 and 135 in the last 4 Sheffield Shield games for West Australia at Adelaide.

Joe Burns is also not in the form in recent Sheffield Shield matches scoring 7,29,0,10 and 11 in last 3 games after scoring a 93 for Queensland against West Australia.

Allan Border: Marnus Labuschagne Shown He Can Handle New Ball

Marnus Labuschagne averages a high 63.43 in 14 Tests and has batted mostly at No. 3 position.

“You could move Marnus Labuschagne up to the top of the order. He’s shown that he can handle the new ball; batting at number three you have to do a bit of that at times. Marcus Harris has been in some good touch; he could be one of those young bolters that could come in and do the job for you,” Border was quoted as saying.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Marnus Labuschagne scored 1074 runs averaging 82.62 with four tons and as many fifties while coming at No. three to bat.

Marcus Harris has opened and played 17 innings scoring 385 runs averaging a modest 24.06. He has played only nine Tests scoring two fifties.