Paine mean several modifications for Australia with Warner set to return
Bengaluru/Sydney, January 6: Tim Paine hinted David Warner’s inclusion for Australia in the third Test versus India may not be the only modification to the side.
Warner is set to return from an adductor injury when the third Test begins in Sydney on Thursday, and Will Pucovski appears set to make his global debut.
Australia captain Paine validated on Wednesday a team had been selected – but he would not publicly name it right now.
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” We’ve got a team, we’re simply not releasing it at the moment,” he told a news conference.
” The boys are still training at the moment so we’ll make it through that first unscathed and after that we’ll try and get a team out as rapidly as we can after that.
” Obviously with David playing and possibly more, there’s some discussion that require to be had first.”
Paine confirmed Pucovski would open if he played, with Joe Burns already left out from the team.
That is most likely to see Matthew Wade return to the middle-order and Travis Head potentially dropped.
In October and November in 2015, Pucovski became the very first gamer to score double centuries in consecutive Sheffield Guard innings considering that Dene Hills in 1997-98.
Paine applauded Warner, whose absence has been felt as Australia dealt with the bat in the opening 2 Tests.
” Davey’s been awesome, brings truly high strength, fills people with self-confidence around him,” he said.
” He’s a gamer that you enjoy having on your side, he’s always got plenty to say, really energetic, really expert and I’ve always loved playing with him and I understand he’s a gamer in this team that men like to have in our side.
” He’s made an instantaneous effect with that energy and intensity that he brings.
” Will’s been fantastic too. He’s run out the bubble for a couple of weeks so he’s delighted, he’s fresh, he’s been batting really well in the internet and looks all set to go if he was called upon.”