Australia coach Justin Langer has all however confirmed David Warner will return for the third Test towards India and mentioned uncapped opener Will Pucovski is offered for choice after clearing concussion protocols.
Regular opener Warner has been racing to be match for the New Year’s Test 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 absolutely match however Langer informed reporters on Tuesday the lefthander was “very, very, very likely” to play on the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) the place Tim Paine’s Australia will hope to take a 2-1 lead within the four-match sequence.
Warner is predicted to switch the dropped Joe Burns however selectors must determine whether or not Pucovski ought to companion Warner on the prime of the order or retain Matthew Wade as a makeshift opener.
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 mentioned there was “no reason” why Pucovski couldn’t be chosen.
“All the concussion protocols … have been passed,” he mentioned.
“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 possible imply Wade reverting to his normal spot within the center order and batsman Travis Head being dropped after scores of 38 and 17 within the defeat in Melbourne.
Langer mentioned 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.”