In a news that will not please the Australian fans, fast bowler Josh Hazelwood has not been able to recover from his side strain niggle and therefore will be rested for the third test. Australia won the second test match at Adelaide by 275 runs. Pat Cummins will return to the side. Australia has already announced the squad for the remainder of the Ashes and has added Scott Boland in their pace-battery.
There are also doubts about Starc who tweaked his lower back and seemed in discomfort while batting. He got Root’s wicket after delivering quick seaming in delivery at his unmentionable. But coach Langer is expecting the incredibly fit bowler to turn up at the Boxing Day test match. In the event of both Starc and Hazelwood missing the third test, Australia wouldn’t be so worried as they have the likes of Michael Neser and Jhye Richardson who have done well in the second test match.
Langer said, “Mitch Starc was almost the man of the match last game,”. “He’s an unbelievable athlete and he’s incredibly fit. Pat Cummins was dropped from the 2nd test in the wake of the Covid scare where he was unintentionally in the vicinity of an individual who turned out Covid positive later on. The captain was then allowed by South Australia’s officials to travel to his home Sydney and was even let off from the isolation period of 7 days on day 3.
There are alarming bells about Marcus Harris as the opener has only scored 3, 9, 3, and 23 in his last four innings. However, coach Langer has given his full support to the batter and he will be opening the Australian batting along with Warner in the Boxing Day test match. It is interesting to note that Warner has gone through nearly 10 opening partners in the last 10 years but coach Langer acknowledged that they want an opening partner for the long term.
“We want an opening partnership for the long term, not the short term. We’ve chopped and changed a lot over the last few years, and testament to that is how many opening partners Davey Warner has had.”