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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

Will Pucovski [photo: CricTracker.com]
Will Pucovski [photo: CricTracker.com]
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Will Pucovski Returns To Nets After 10th Concussion And May Not Play First Few Ashes 2021/22 Tests

Will Pucovski hasn’t yet returned to the nets a month after his 10th concussion and may not be available for Australia until the middle of the Ashes.

Will Pucovski won’t play for Victoria against NSW at the MCG in a Sheffield Shield clash starting Friday which was a “touch too soon” as he continued to recover from the effects of the concussion suffered on October 5 at training.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Could Be Ready For One Of The Later 5 Tests In A Best Case Scenario: Chris Rogers

Victorian coach Chris Rogers said there was a “strong desire” to get the 23-year-old into the Test team but everyone was taking a long-term view of Will Pucovski’s cricket future. Chris Rogers said Will Pucovski, who was the front-runner to open with David Warner during the Ashes, could be ready for one of the later Tests in a “best-case scenario” as he returns to full fitness.

“He hasn’t quite recovered as well as hoped. In discussions with the medical team and the national selectors it was felt we would give him a bit more time to select him to play for Victoria.”

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He hasn’t started hitting the nets, I think that was the main concern. It’s really difficult just to walk in to one of these games unprepared. All the people who are in these conversations understand we have an immense talent on our hands and we want him to be playing for five to 10 years so these are the decisions we are going to make in his best interests to set him up to have a long career. There’s some symptoms which are just a little too close to the game.”

 

Will Pucovksi trained on Wednesday and was “positive” about how his recovery was tracking. But his playing return may not come until a yet to be confirmed third Sheffield Shield game in mid-November, or even a Victorian second XI game.

Will Pucovski played 1 Test, only scoring 72 runs with a fifty, and his highest was 62. The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Chris Rogers: Will Pucovski Unlikely To Play First 2021/22 Ashes Test

Chris Rogers said that would delay any chance of him playing in the Ashes until mid-series.

“No doubt it’s a setback. I’d say now it’s unlikely he’d play in the first Test,” he said.,

“Hopefully if we play a third Shield game in mid-November and there may be a second XI game for Victoria as well that might prepare him for one of the matches in the middle of the Ashes series. that’s the best case scenario. He was very positive about how it was all tracking and pretty hopeful of playing soon. But he felt this match was a touch too early.”

Australia’s Will Pucovski Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Rogers said Will Pucovski, who hasn’t played a game since injuring his shoulder in his Test debut last January, was “frustrated” by this latest concussion and its lingering effects. But the young star also knew he had to be fully ready when he made a playing return.

“He hasn’t played for seven months. You have to walk straight back in the cauldron and perform against very good opposition, that would have been playing on his mind,” Rogers said.

“Of course he wants to play for Australia for a long time to come. There’s a strong desire to get him into that Australian side, he’s such a talented player. I think the decision is to look after him and allow him a bit more time to prepare in the right time rather than rush him to matches which are going to have a lot of intensity and scrutiny.”

Will Pucovski’s history of concussion issues could mean the opener is sidelined for at least part of the five-Test Ashes series against England, which starts on December 8 in Brisbane. But Chris Rogers backed the opener to make a late claim for selection, highlighting his caliber. He has played 24 first-class matches where he amassed 1816 runs averaging 53.41. He has hit 6 tons and as many fifties. In November 2020, he hit back-to-back two double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
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Will Pucovski Aims To Return To Action In 2nd Shield Match After 10th Concussion

Will Pucovski, an Australian batsman, aims to return to action next month after suffering his latest concussion, Victoria coach Chris Rogers said on Thursday. The youngster opener suffered the 10th concussion of his career when he was struck on the helmet by a ball in a net session while training for Victoria this month.

The 23-year-old opener will sit out Victoria’s Sheffield Shield season opener at the end of the month, but he is expected to return for their second match, due to be played from November 5-8.
Australia’s Will Pucovski Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images

Will Pucovski Targeting 2nd Shield Game: Chris Rogers

Australian cricketer Will Pucovski is aiming to return to the field next month after recovering from his latest concussion. His coach Chris Rogers said that the opener would miss the opening game of Victoria in Sheffield Shield. Will Pucovski suffered yet another concussion after getting hit on the helmet by a ball during a net session earlier this month.

“He looks pretty good, so he’s targeting the second Shield game,” coach Rogers said. “He’s a pretty resilient guy now – if you go through (this) many setbacks, you have to have something about you.”

Chris Rogers
Chris Rogers (Image Credit: Twitter)

Will Pucovski played 1 Test, only scoring 72 runs with a fifty, and his highest was 62. The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Chris Rogers: Australian Selectors May Consider Will Pucovski If He Score Runs

Will Pucovski’s history of concussion issues could mean the opener is sidelined for at least part of the five-Test Ashes series against England, which starts on December 8 in Brisbane. But Chris Rogers backed the opener to make a late claim for selection, highlighting his calibre.

He has played 24 first-class matches where he amassed 1816 runs averaging 53.41. He has hit 6 tons and as many fifties. In November 2020, he hit back-to-back two double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

“He’s showed before that he can hit the ground running as he did last year in the two Sheffield Shield games when he got two 200s,” Rogers said.

Will Pucovski [photo: CricTracker.com]
Will Pucovski [photo: CricTracker.com]

“If he was good enough to come and do something like that again, I think the Australian selectors would definitely have something to consider.”

Rogers also said that if Will Pucovski managed to perform with the bat in Sheffield Sheild 2021-22 like the last season, Australian selectors might give him a chance in The Ashes 2021-22. Will Pucovski has played only one Test for Australia so far. In 2 innings, he has scored 72 runs with one half-century. He was given a national call-up due to his excellent batting performance at the domestic circuit.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
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Maninder Singh Opens Up On Cricketers’ Mental Health Issues

Maninder Singh, former Indian cricketer has voiced his opinions about cricketers’ mental health issues after England all-rounder Ben Stokes decided to take an indefinite break from the sport. The 56-year-old said that it is not easy for everyone to emulate former captain MS Dhoni’s way of dealing with pressure.

In an interview, Maninder Singh was asked if MS Dhoni’s template of cutting off from cricket and media once off the field would help others.

Ben Stokes will miss the Test series with India (PA)
Ben Stokes will miss the Test series with India (PA)

Maninder Singh: Everyone Can’t Be MS Dhoni

Maninder Singh, who played 35 Tests for India, pointed out that MS Dhoni has always stayed away from the media and other distractions. He went on to add that it has been his fundamental nature.

“See, everyone can’t be MS Dhoni since everyone has a basic nature that is different from others. Dhoni has always been like that since his early days. He always said that he didn’t read newspapers or followed media which is a wonderful way to handle distractions but it is not easy to emulate that for others.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a great camaraderie on and off the field.© Instagram
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a great camaraderie on and off the field.© Instagram

“When anyone tries to change his or her basic nature, it puts a lot of pressure inside your mind as well. So, it is not easy to follow the MSD way of handling pressure,” Maninder Singh said.

Known as one of the finest batsmen of the current times, one cannot believe that Virat Kohli has also gone through a phase where he struggled with mental health issues. However, failure in England in 2014 pushed Virat Kohli into a dark role, and he didn’t know what to do further. The ace batsman even revealed that it was the phase where he thought ‘it’s the end of the world’.

He didn’t know what to do, what to say, and even how to communicate with anybody. Virat Kohli now believes it’s wise to have rest days and keep your mind at peace. He also appreciated Australian stalwart Glenn Maxwell’s decision of taking a sabbatical and then returning back to cricket.

Maninder Singh: Mental Health Issues Affect Indian Cricketers As Well

BCCI’s president and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly recently stated that mental health issues don’t affect Indian cricketers. When asked about his thoughts on this, Maninder Singh said that many people are in denial mode. He added that he’s sure that many cricketers are already seeking help to cope with their mental health troubles.

Maninder Singh during his playing days (Image Credit: Sport360)
Maninder Singh during his playing days (Image Credit: Sport360)

“It’s not only the cricketers, but a lot of people are in denial mode. You can say that I started this topic in India but Virat Kohli also spoke about his struggle so there are mental health issues in India as well. People in India are quick to say arey who toh pagal ho gaya (he has gone mad) when somebody is down and he is talking about his struggle. But, I am sure a lot of cricketers are seeking and taking help from someone or other (on coping with mental health issues),” Maninder Singh said.

Ben Stokes, who has taken a break from cricket due to mental health issues, will miss the upcoming series against India. Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott, Sarah Taylor, and Andrew Flintoff have dealt with mental health issues. Will Pucovski and Glenn Maxwell also had mental health issues and decided to take a sabbatical from cricket.

Australia
Australia. Image Credits: Twitter
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Australia No Longer The Best At Identifying Talent: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian skipper believes Australia is no longer the best at identifying talent and that the country has lost the bragging right of calling itself the best at it.

While Greg Chappell had a controversial run as the head coach of Team India, the former Australian captain had earlier praised the visitors after their stunning and historic 2-1 Test series win versus Australia to retain the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)
File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)

Greg Chappell: Australia Have Lost Position As The Best At Identifying Talent As England And India Are Doing Better Than Australia

Greg Chappell opined other countries like England and India have taken over.

“I think we’ve already lost our position as the best at identifying talent and bringing it through. I think England is doing it better than us now and India is doing it better than us,” Greg Chappell told cricket.com.au.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

During the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India fought back after losing the first Test to win the series 2-1, almost with second and third-string teams. The side was plagued with injuries to its key players in each department and was also without regular talismanic skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test.

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback for the ages as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

Greg Chappell: Indian Second String Players Have Played For India A Throughout The World Whereas Australia Had Picked Cricketers From Domestic Tournaments

Greg Chappell admitted the remarkable Test series victory bore testament to India’s highly effective player development system. On that tour, every youngster put their hand up and put his best foot forward.

“When you look at the Indian team that played in the Brisbane Test that had three or four fresh players, and everyone said, ‘This is India’s second XI’ – those guys had played (extensively) for India A,” said Chappell.

“And in all sorts of different conditions, not just in India. So when they get picked, they’re not tyros at all, they’re quite hardened international cricketers.”

Cameron Green
Cameron Green of Australia (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Australian debutants Will Pucovski and Cameron Green had limited experience playing outside their home country.

“We picked Will Pucovski out of Shield cricket. Will has hardly had a game outside Australia. That’s the difference,” Chappell pointed out.

India’s next Test assignment is the tour to England. They will first play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts England.

After a tough home loss to India, the Australian men’s side were due to head to South Africa for three Tests, however, that series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The limited-overs tour of New Zealand for five T20s still took place, with the Black Caps prevailing 3-2.

Australia is set to make a belated trip to Bangladesh later this year for their first tour since 2017. Not for the Tests originally scheduled as part of the World Test Championship, but instead for T20Is intended as warm-ups for the T20 World Cup meant to be hosted by India soon afterwards. Bangladesh is also to host England for white-ball games ahead of the T20 World Cup, meaning a triangular series may be arranged.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty
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Cricket Australia Hands Contract To Cameron Green Among 17 Cricketers

Cricket Australia hasn’t handed contracts to Travis Head and Matthew Wade while allrounder Cameron Green has earned his first deal and youngster Will Pucovski has not been included.

Joe Burns, who lost his place during the Test series against India, and injury-prone Mitchell Marsh have also been omitted from last year’s original list with just 17 deals handed out by Cricket Australia for the 2021-22 season.

Cameron Green
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 15: Cameron Green of Australia poses before an Australian Nets Session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia Want To Create An Environment Where Players Strive For National Selection Through Consistent International Performances

Cameron Green is the only new name in Cricket Australia’s contract list pruned to 17 instead of the maximum 20. However, players who make enough appearances during the period are elevated as Marcus Stoinis was last season but he too doesn’t make this selection.

The contracts include just three specialist Test batsmen in veteran David Warner, Steven Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne with Cricket Australia’s national selector Trevor Hohns saying he wants competition from outside those contracted.

“There are two main reasons behind the size of the contract list,” he said. “Firstly, we have seen format specialisation become increasingly prevalent in recent seasons which, accordingly, has resulted in a broader group of players representing Australia, often beyond the initial list of contracted players at the start of each year. Secondly, we want to create an environment where players strive for national selection through consistent domestic performances and earn national contracts through consistent international performances.”

Cricket Australia Haven't Handed Contract To Matthew Wade
Cricket Australia Haven’t Handed Contract To Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

The axing of Matthew Wade suggests he will struggle to resume his Test career as he was also dropped from the squad for the postponed tour of South Africa in February. However, he may still feature in the T20 World Cup as he featured on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand and captained Australia, as a stand-in for Aaron Finch, against India in December.

Travis Head was dropped after two Tests against India when the selectors opted to stick with Matthew Wade amid a batting reshuffle when Will Pucovski and David Warner both returned from injury at the SCG.

However, he was part of the squad for the then scheduled South Africa tour and had a prolific Sheffield Shield season, having finished as the second-leading run-scorer behind Cameron Green and is likely to be a strong candidate for a middle-order spot in the Ashes.

“There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list,” Cricket Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said.

Both Cameron Green and Will Pucovski made their debuts last summer, but it’s only the all-rounder who makes the list. Cameron Green played all four Tests against India while Will Pucovski, who earlier in the season hit back-to-back double centuries in the Sheffield Shield before suffering another concussion, made his debut in Sydney where he scored a half-century but was then sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Will Pucovski is expected to recover in time for the start of next season and is the favorite to open the batting alongside David Warner in the Test side for the Ashes and the one-off match against Afghanistan penciled in beforehand.

Cameron Green had a magnificent season with the bat for Western Australia where he was the leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer with 922 at 76.83. In four Tests, he made 236 runs including a maiden half-century at the SCG. However, he went wicketless in the series – and only collected three in the Shield – as he worked his back from a stress fracture.

“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer,” Hohns said. “His 84 in the second innings against India at the SCG demonstrated excellent technique and resolve and we are confident his bowling will be impactful at the international level. His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure.”

While much of Australia’s schedule over the next 12 months remains to be confirmed, they are due to return to action in July with ODIs and T20Is in West Indies before potentially heading straight to Bangladesh for a T20I series.

Cricket Australia will send its team to be in Sri Lanka ahead of the T20 World Cup – currently scheduled for India in October – before returning home for a season that is expected to include a one-off Test against Afghanistan ahead of the Ashes that will run from early December to mid-January.

Australia
Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

According to the FTP, South Africa is due to tour early next year for white-ball matches before Australia has a full tour scheduled against Pakistan from late February. Australia has not played an overseas Test since the 2019 Ashes with tours of Bangladesh and South Africa postponed due to Covid-19.

Cricket Australia Contracts list: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Will Pucovski, Australian opener is set to be sidelined for up to six months to undergo reconstructive surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The Australian Test batsman who played a solitary Test will undergo surgery on his right shoulder next week and is likely to be sidelined for up to six months. Will Pucovski, who made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney had suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the Sydney game.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Won’t Be Part Of Remainder Of The Australian Domestic Season And Will Not Play If Australia Qualifies For WTC Final

Victoria coach Chris Rogers has said that Will Pucovski pulled up sore in a practice session, which ruled him out of the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He had a great start to the domestic season, accumulating two double tons in the Sheffield Shield but was laid low by a concussion in a tour game against India. Incidentally, he has a long history of concussion-related injuries.

“The medical advice is this is the best way forward for Will to prepare him for the 2021-22 season,” said Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf.

Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Chris Rogers  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

“We’ll work closely with Will throughout his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back playing for Victoria and Australia later this year.”

Will Pucovski played 1 Test only scoring 72 runs with a fifty and his highest was 62. This injury and subsequent surgery mean that he will not be part of the remainder of the Australian domestic season and will be unavailable for Australia if they do qualify for the World Test Championship final mid-year against already qualified New Zealand.

Australia can make the final of WTC if England wins by 1-2 or if the series ends in a draw (1-1 or 2-2). Australia will play ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh before the Ashes from November 2021 to January 2022. The Ashes will comprise of 5 Tests and will happen after T20I World Cup.

Will Pucovski Missed First 2 Tests Against India Due To Concussion And Scored A Fifty In 3rd Test Before Injuring His Shoulder

The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Will Pucovski (AAP)
Will Pucovski (AAP)
He has played 23 first-class matches where he amassed 1744 runs averaging 54.5. He hit back-to-back double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

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.

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