David Warner has been declared fit for the second Ashes Test against England, while injured Josh Hazlewood’s replacement has been named.
Warner scored 94 in the first innings in the opening Test in Brisbane, but didn’t field or bat in Australia’s second innings as he nursed bruised ribs after being pummelled by the England attack.
The 35-year-old padded up in the Adelaide Oval nets on Tuesday evening and made several audible cries of pain, but captain Pat Cummins said he would play in the day-night Test starting on Thursday.
“He’ll be right, he had a bat yesterday and batted with a bit of discomfort, but knowing Davey he’s not going to miss this one,” Cummins said. “He’ll be fine once the adrenaline kicks in.
“It’s one thing batting in the nets and another when you walk out and have a packed crowd. He’s played close to 90 Tests and I’m sure a lot of them have been played in discomfort.”
In the only change to the side that crushed England by nine wickets at the Gabba last week, Jyhe Richardson comes in for Hazlewood, who was ruled out earlier this week with a side strain.
Richardson had been in contention with Michael Neser and will add to his two Tests, spearheading the attack alongside Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon.
“We just think Jhye is firing and really excited to see him out there,” said Cummins. “Josh is a big void to fill but we feel really confident that Jhye is going to step straight in.”
Hazlewood is a big loss, boasting a pink-ball record of 32 wickets at just 19.90 and taking an incredible 5-8 when India were all out for just 36 at Adelaide in their second innings a year ago.
Australia: Marcus Harris, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jhye Richardson.
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