Australia coach Justin Langer has all however confirmed David Warner will return for the third take a look at in opposition to India and stated uncapped opener Will Pucovski is obtainable for choice after clearing concussion protocols.
Regular opener Warner has been racing to be match for the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) take a look at beginning Thursday after lacking the primary two matches in Adelaide and Melbourne with a groin pressure.
Warner admitted final week he was unlikely to be totally match however Langer instructed reporters on Tuesday the lefthander was “very, very, very likely” to play on the SCG the place Tim Paine’s Australia will hope to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match sequence.
Warner is anticipated to interchange the dropped Joe Burns however selectors should resolve whether or not Pucovski ought to companion Warner on the prime of the order or retain Matthew Wade as a makeshift opener.
Pundits have expressed concern in regards to the dangers of choosing 22-year-old Pucovski, who was unavailable for the primary assessments after struggling concussion when struck in the helmet by a brief ball in a tour match.
Pucovski has a historical past of concussion issues and India’s tempo assault, led by the formidable Jasprit Bumrah, pelted the Australians with bouncers in Melbourne, putting specialist batsmen Marnus Labuschagne and Wade on the helmet.
Yet Langer stated there was “no reason” why Pucovski couldn’t be chosen.
“All the concussion protocols … have been passed,” he stated.
“It’s just working out the balance of our team, where we’re at in the series … we weigh up whether this test match is right, or the next test match is right.”
Pucovski’s inclusion would doubtless imply Wade reverting to his standard spot in the center order and batsman Travis Head being dropped after scores of 38 and 17 in the defeat in Melbourne.
Langer stated Head was a “good player” however declined to again his inclusion for Sydney.
“He’s one of the guys currently in the team. Whether that changes for this game, I can’t tell you. We’ve got some decisions to make … probably after this afternoon’s (training) session.”